Petrino to be named Louisville coach Thursday

Petrino to be named Louisville coach Thursday

The stage is set for Bobby Petrino’s return to Louisville.

Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino will be named the new Louisville head football coach on Thursday. (Photo: Hans Pennink, AP)The former Cardinals coach is expected to officially be named as Charlie Strong’s successor at a Thursday press conference.

The school told media Wednesday that the athletic department’s Personnel Committee would a hold a special meeting in the athletic director’s suite of the football stadium. A press conference is scheduled roughly a half hour later.

Petrino landed at Western Kentucky after scandal cost him his job at Arkansas in 2012. Following a motorcycle accident that spring, it was discovered that Petrino was riding with his mistress, Jessica Dorrell, who he had hired for a position within the football program.

When Petrino’s personal and professional relationships with Dorrell became public, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long abruptly fired Petrino, despite a 34-17 record.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich interviewed seven candidates for the job, including Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris, Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason, and Strong’s two coordinators – Vance Bedford and Shawn Watson.

Petrino was coach of the Cardinals from 2003-06, and compiled a 41-9 record.

Photo: Hans Pennink, AP

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