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Louisville’s hiring of Bobby Petrino reportedly ‘imminent’

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The more things change in the wacky world of college football, the more things stay the same.

In confirming the departure of Charlie Strong for Texas Jan. 5, athletic director Tom Jurich declined to rule out former Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino as a potential replacement for Strong.  Yesterday, it was reported that Petrino, currently the head coach at Western Kentucky, was one of three finalists for the job.

Today?  Yahoo! SportsPat Forde is reporting that Petrino’s rehiring by the UofL is “imminent.”  Joe Schad of subsequently tweeted that “Petrino has been offered and is expected to become the next Louisville coach.”

From Forde’s report:

Jurich requested permission from WKU athletic director Todd Stewart to speak with Petrino on Sunday. A nine-hour interview that a source described as “very intense” took place Wednesday, after multiple background checks were conducted on the controversial coach.

The background checks would reveal, among other things, that Petrino quit on the Atlanta Falcons during the 2007 season to accept the head-coaching job at Arkansas.  In April of 2012, the Razorbacks head coach was involved in a motorcycle accident that ultimately revealed an affair with a female football “staffer” who was given her job based solely on her personal relationship with Petrino.

How Jurich is going to spin what will certainly be a controversial hiring will be fascinating to watch.  Why a man as smart as Jurich would be willing to make such a hire that will prompt this much spin is another matter entirely.

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43 Responses to “Louisville’s hiring of Bobby Petrino reportedly ‘imminent’”
  1. coltzfan166 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:15 PM

    I actually think this is a good hire. He may be a dick and failed in the NFL but he was pretty successful in his first Louisville stint and at Arkansas.

  2. bill2018 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:32 PM

    Congratulations louisville! You have shown everyone that ethics are not important to you. Remember this hire when karma bites you in the butt later down the road. Should be an interesting first press conference

  3. makimaguro says: Jan 8, 2014 1:42 PM

    So you’re telling me there’s not enough coaching candidates out there? They actually are willing to deal with the PR nightmare of a guy that gets caught red handed cheating on his wives and buying cars for his lady friend!

  4. philliesblow says: Jan 8, 2014 1:46 PM

    If this is a gig that Pat Narduzzi wanted, then I’m disappointed for him. But as a Spartan fan I’m more than happy that he’s not leaving.

  5. pastabelly says: Jan 8, 2014 1:47 PM

    John Swofford, this is what happens when you make a deal with the devil. You get scumbags like Petino and Petrino.

  6. djlexluger says: Jan 8, 2014 1:47 PM

    It’s a good hire. His personal life shouldn’t matter he’s a football coach not a Pastor.

  7. John Taylor says: Jan 8, 2014 1:53 PM

    His personal life shouldn’t matter he’s a football coach not a Pastor.

    That’s absolutely correct. Leaving UofL a mess the first time around, leaving JAX for Auburn without informing Coughlin, quitting on the Falcons and violating university policy by giving a job to his mistress should, though.

  8. villain612 says: Jan 8, 2014 1:56 PM

    I love that CFT keeps using the neckbrace pictures for every Petrino story.

  9. onlyoneleft says: Jan 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    Louisville is a rogue school.

  10. dhardy8207 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:06 PM

    ^^^So appropriate isn’t it..^^^

    Hide your coeds Louisville. This one can’t be trusted…

  11. dhardy8207 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:09 PM

    Damn browser! Whats really funny is the logo behind that picture. He looks like he in an insurance commercial doesn’t he?

  12. willjasper says: Jan 8, 2014 2:12 PM

    Why did Jurich need background checks? Everything he needs to know about Petrino is on Google.

  13. onlyoneleft says: Jan 8, 2014 2:13 PM

    Go ahead Louisville and tell him he can hire the
    former Arkansas female football “staffer.” You can push Carolina for making the ACC proud.

  14. halbert53 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    Louisville is getting him cheap with an offer he couldn’t refuse: a comp motel room for the duration, new motorcycle, a $150,000 a year job he can use to induce a new girlfriend, alimony if his wife dumps him and a lifetime supply of Viagra.

  15. deadeye says: Jan 8, 2014 2:41 PM

    That’s a funny picture of BP, nice choice John. He likes like the old Fire Marshall Bill character from “In Living Color”.

  16. tigersfandan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    I thought he was going to make Western Kentucky be like Boise State?

  17. rips08 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:17 PM

    tigersfandan, he is making Western Kentucky like Boise State, they will also have a new coach next year.

    See, he accomplished his goal even faster than anyone could have expected.

  18. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 8, 2014 3:33 PM

    A dog will ALWAYS return to his/her own vomit. Good luck Louisville .

  19. wmatthew760 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:38 PM

    Hahahahaha oh wait you are serious .

  20. wabbitslayer says: Jan 8, 2014 4:00 PM

    Nevermind Petrino, give us some updates on Jessica Dorrell.

  21. lamontjoe says: Jan 8, 2014 4:09 PM

    This guy is a POS. How he keeps getting hired is beyond me. Wait until something better opens up next year and he’ll bolt from L’Ville. A man with no moral compass.

  22. floridacock says: Jan 8, 2014 4:12 PM

    Good bookend for Pitino in the lack of morals catagory. “win at all cost” Card fans must be sooooo proud. He will be gone to a bigger school in 3 years

  23. robonious says: Jan 8, 2014 4:24 PM

    Because he’s a winner that’s why. I just love how you guys all bash him here, like you’re own lives are so pure. If he never wrecked that motorcycle he’s still the coach of a top 10 Arkansas team. Coaches job hop all the time. Is Rich Rodriguez slimy like petrino? He was going back to WVU every year using other jobs as leverage. Plus he was having an affair with a woman in southern West Virginia.Where’s the difference? Oh yeah……he quit on the falcons. Just like Lou Holtz quit on the Jets. Please……its about winning.

  24. dman40 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:41 PM

    I think he is a good coach! And winning is a great deodorant! But this guy is all about looking for the next big thing! So if I am Louisville I make his buyout a billion dollars or something like that!

  25. tombstone7 says: Jan 8, 2014 5:17 PM

    IS this the same guy that left the Falcons and got caught in an affair? Well, no references needed for this one. If Louisville hires this guy, it shows that ethics aren’t necessary.

  26. boomgrounder says: Jan 8, 2014 5:26 PM

    Good hire, but this seasons recruiting class is essentially lost. Petrino is sooo different from Strong that many players are gonna flip to other teams between now and signing day.

  27. teambringitstrong says: Jan 8, 2014 5:32 PM

    I’m not going to judge and bash Louisville for their choice and/or lack of ethics. If it works out for them, great; if not, then that’s their cross to bear.
    But if any of you who are adept at typing on your keyboard while sitting atop your high horses think that your school or favorite school is above the whole ethics thing then you need a reality check.

  28. dhardy8207 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:24 PM

    teambringitstrong says:

    “But if any of you who are adept at typing on your keyboard while sitting atop your high horses think that your school or favorite school is above the whole ethics thing then you need a reality check”


    Ok, I’m going to slide out of the saddle here and get on your apparent level for a moment.

    As for his job hopping, I could care less about. I think lots of posters here are using that to question his commitment to the Louisville program. Charlie Strong worked diligently to bring it back to a decent program, so the fact that some question what affect hiring a job hopper would have on that recent success is a valid point.

    Secondly, my question to you, as one that seems to be questioning the morals of everyone on this thread that is speaking ill of Petrino; How would you feel about him if she had died in that accident? Better yet how would you feel if you got the phone call that your daughter off at college was killed in an accident by the head coach that was sleeping with her?

    His changing jobs like some folks change winter coats is not the issue with me, the issue is that he has obviously no moral barometer and only was apologetic to the razorback family and his own family after the accident that exposed said affair…

    Sometimes you just have to recognize pond scum for what it is…

  29. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:26 PM

    Gosh, Why didn’t Louisville just hire Jim Harbaugh or Pete Carroll? I mean, this is LOUISVILLE we’re talking about, after all! Blueblood programs like that can basically select any coach they want.

  30. condor75 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:26 PM

    It’s a good hire. His personal life shouldn’t matter he’s a football coach not a Pastor.
    Yeah I bet Sandusky would agree with that one

  31. rolltide510 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:28 PM

    dhardy8207 says:

    ^ Wait — your problem with Petrino is that girl might have been hurt in the motorcycle accident??? So to you the story of Bobby Patrino is a cautionary tale about vehicle safety, and that’s why Louisville shouldn’t hire him? Good lord bro.

  32. coolhorn46 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:36 PM

    There’s nothing complicated about this. Petrino may have the ethics of an alley cat, but that’s not important to the ‘Ville. He wins, puts bottoms in seats, and makes a lot of money for the athletic department. Jurich isn’t looking for a choir boy. He’s looking for a head coach that can do the three things I mentioned above, and the sooner he gets a coach that checks those three boxes, the happier he is.

    Wait, you say Petrino treated the ‘Ville like a stepchild at a family reunion the last time he coached there? That’s ancient history as far as they’re concerned. Surely he’s reformed…right? Right? Somebody gonna say “right” out there?

    Word of advice…hide the women, and keep him away from the Harley dealership in Louisville, and you ought to be okay…at least until a bigger program comes calling on him in a year or two.

  33. noaxetogrind says: Jan 8, 2014 6:43 PM

    It is simply amazing to me that some folks on here actually say stuff like “every other school would do it ” or “he’s a coach not a pastor” or “as long as he wins”. The reality is that very few schools would do it. There were tons of FBS head jobs open last year and he landed in the Sun Belt at WKU who was desperate to try and jump start their program again. Very few AD’s would have considered him this close to his past indiscretions, and yes there are multiple incidents of poor decisions. No he is not a pastor but there is a clear expectation of moral leadership associated with being a head coach. I am not saying that he should never get another shot but after 1 year of so called rehab? If you need further evidence of Louisville’s complete lack of class, how about their announcement today that Clint Hurt will be retained at Louisville. This is the same Clint Hurt that couldn’t follow Strong to Texas because he has an existing “Show Cause” sanction against him with the NCAA. The folks on here who are concerned about this hire are not necessarily self righteous in their judgment, the fact of the matter is that you can be forgiven and get 2nd chances but there are consequences to inappropriate behavior. Jurich must be a real piece of work. He has a head BB coach who wins a lot but has been thru an FBI investigation and trial over blackmail due to him having sex on top of a restaurant table with someone other than his wife. You would think that affair alone would be cause for a little pause before hiring Petrino. Jurich said on Monday, “this is the best job in all of sports in America”. Really, well if that is the case and this is the best you could come up with, all I can say maybe the problem starts with him.

  34. dhardy8207 says: Jan 8, 2014 6:57 PM

    rolltide510 says;

    “^ Wait — your problem with Petrino is that girl might have been hurt in the motorcycle accident??? So to you the story of Bobby Patrino is a cautionary tale about vehicle safety, and that’s why Louisville shouldn’t hire him? Good lord bro.”


    No, I have a problem with him messing with a coed young enough to be his daughter. I have a problem with his blatant abuse of the leadership position and the embarrassment he brought on his wife and family along with the razorback community. I expressed it in that extreme manner to teambringitstrong because he/she acted as if no one posting here had just cause to question his character. The head coach position gives one the opportunity and duty to shape the young men’s lives that play for them. How can he influence the character of their lives if he can’t manage his own in a moral fashion. Could he council young men affectively on how they treat women with his wreckless disregard of how his actions affected others close to him? (i.e his own wife). Yes as a mother of a former college basketball player he couldn’t breach the threshold of my front door and sell me on letting him have any influence over my son after that.

    BTW, I’m not a bro….

    Roll Tide….

  35. whitdog23 says: Jan 8, 2014 7:21 PM

    Petrino accepted 20 minutes ago, and the fax with his signature on the contract came in 5 minutes ago.
    I’m a student working in the AD’s office and was next to the fax machine. whoops!!

  36. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:13 PM

    Considering that Rick Pitino’s the basketball coach and the revelations about him, I don’t think Petrino has any shame walking through the door. What’s funny is that he’s gone around the world and ended right back at the job he ditched 7 years ago and will probably never be able to leave again this time.

  37. floridacock says: Jan 8, 2014 8:18 PM

    Doubtful, if he does well, and keeps his zipper shut, some big program will hire him

  38. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:23 PM


    Pitino nailed that chick in the restaurant bathroom, not on the restaurant table, lol.

  39. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 8:25 PM


    Which one hired him the last couple of years after he took freaking Arkansas top 10 a couple of years after he got there? That’s what I thought. He’s nearly 60 now; this is his last job unless Louisville fires him before retirement age and he goes to a smaller school.

  40. speweey says: Jan 8, 2014 10:37 PM

    Rick Pitino.

    Cheated on his wife with his equipment manager’s wife.

    Paid for her abortion.

    National Champions.

  41. speweey says: Jan 8, 2014 10:38 PM

    Rick Pitino.

    Cheated on his wife with his equipment manager’s wife.

    Paid for her abortion.

    National Champions..

  42. theville59 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:12 PM

    WOW, John Taylor, you REALLY wanted to send a Passive/Aggressive message with the Patrino pic you used for this article. Why not cut the guy some slack. He seems to have cleaned up his act.

  43. theville59 says: Jan 10, 2014 6:20 PM

    Oops, Petrino, not PAtrino

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