Petrino’s father says son would like second shot at Louisville

WKU head coach Bobby Petrino watches the clock run down on the first half of his team’s game against Kentucky.

Elliott Pratt

WKU football coach Bobby Petrino’s name is one of the hot topics surrounding the coaching search at the University of Louisville. The Cardinals are searching for a new football coach after Charlie Strong accepted the same position at Texas after going 37-15 in four seasons at Louisville.

Petrino is a popular choice by social media chatter from Cardinal fans, who would like to see the coach return to the school he took over from 2003-06. Petrino produced a 41-9 record and a 2006 Orange Bowl victory. Petrino left Louisville in 2007 for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons shortly after signing a contract extension to stay with the Cardinals.

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in a press conference on Sunday that “everybody is in play” in regards to the search for Louisville’s next football coach.

Petrino’s father, Bob Sr., told the Louisville Courier-Journal on Monday that his son would like another shot at coaching Louisville if given the opportunity.

“He told me this weekend he would like the opportunity to coach at Louisville again,” Bob Sr. told the C-J by phone, “He said that he’s been everywhere, the NFL and everywhere else, and he said probably the biggest mistake he’d ever made as a coach was leaving Louisville.”

Bob Sr. continued: “I don’t think there’s any other place in the world where (Bobby) can do the things he can do in Louisville,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any question, if he was offered this job, he’d take it.”

Petrino is heading into his second season with WKU after producing an 8-4 record in his inaugural season on the Hill.