Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino will be hired as the next football coach at the University of Louisville, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.
Petrino interviewed for Louisville’s vacant coaching position Tuesday, according to multiple reports. WKU officials had no comment on those reports. WAVE-TV in Louisville and 247sports.com first reported that Petrino interviewed with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich.
Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong left to coach at Texas last week.
An official announcement could come as early as Thursday morning. U of L's Athletic Association is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. CST to review Jurich’s recommendation for the position.
If Petrino leaves, WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm would be a likely successor.
Petrino’s four-year contract with WKU states that if he leaves for another school, he must make his “best efforts” to schedule a two-year, home-and-home series (one game at the new school, one at WKU) with the Hilltoppers. Petrino’s base salary at WKU is $850,000, and his contract buyout with WKU is $1.2 million. Petrino is entering his second season at WKU after guiding the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record and third-place finish in the program’s final year as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Petrino was hired Dec. 10, 2012, to replace Willie Taggart. The 52-year-old former coach of the Atlanta Falcons and University of Arkansas coached at Louisville from 2003-06, going 41-9 with a win in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
In Petrino's first year with WKU, the Tops set a school record for wins – eight – in a Football Bowl Subdivision season, offensive yards with 5,502 and average attendance of 18,334. Quarterback Brandon Doughty, a rising senior this season, set a program record with 2,737 passing yards and a completion percentage of 65.7. Graduated senior Antonio Andrews set school records for rushing yards in a single season (1,764) and led the nation in all-purpose yards (2,619).