Seven years later, Bobby Petrino is back in the Ville to replace Charlie Strong as the University of Louisville’s head football coach. According to ESPN News, a news conference was held at 10:30 this morning to formally introduce Petrino.
An unverified account confirms that Petrino accepted the position as head coach, with a tweet stating, "It's good to be home! Go Cards! #L1C4."
Petrino left Louisville shortly after signing a 10-year contract with the Cards to coach the Atlanta Falcons, then moved on to coaching the Arkansas Razorbacks, to his more recent position as the head football coach at Western Kentucky.
Petrino coached the Cards from 2003 to 2006 and won 82% of his games with a record of 41-9. He also helped oversee the school's transition to the Big East. Tom Jurich told ESPN News “he would hire [Petrino] again if given the opportunity” and that “he would simply set out to hire the best coach.”
There is no lack of statistics that Petrino is qualified to lead the Cards to victory in the upcoming season, but his reputation has done damage to his credibility in the eyes of many fans.
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