Bobby Petrino might soon be coming full circle.
The former Louisville and current Western Kentucky head coach interviewed with Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich on Tuesday and is one of three finalists to replace Charlie Strong, ESPN reported.
Petrino was the head coach at Louisville from 2003-2006. He did a remarkable job turning the program around, going 41-9, with a school-record 12-1 mark and No. 5 ranking in the AP Poll in his final season. He then left to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons for one season before returning to coach Arkansas in 2008. By his fourth season in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks were 11-2 and ranked fifth in the nation.
A scandal over an extramarital relationship he had with an Arkansas football staffer resulted in his firing during the summer of 2012 and, after a year off, he ended up taking over at WKU, where he went 8-4 this past fall.
Now, it appears Louisville might once again be willing to take a chance on Petrino. He has the endorsement of former Cardinal players and Petrino’s son said his father would take the job if offered. All Jurich has to do is pull the trigger.
There’s no doubt Petrino is a very talented coach and one of the brightest offensive minds in the game. Despite his past reputation, it’s likely he’s learned his lesson and will be a bit more careful this time around. But sometimes second marriages don’t work out.
If he indeed becomes the next Louisville head coach, it will be up to Petrino to prove everyone wrong