Update: 10:10 a.m., Jan. 9
Bobby Petrino has been introduced as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals at a press conference Thursday morning. Moments before, WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart released this statement:
“President Ramsey, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have made a tremendous hire, and I wish Bobby, Becky and the Petrino family much success and happiness in Louisville," said Stewart.
"Coach Petrino displayed a tireless work ethic throughout his 13 months as our head coach and was completely devoted to WKU football from the day he was hired. Our program benefited greatly from his presence, knowledge and leadership. He will do a terrific job leading the Louisville football program as they move into the Atlantic Coast Conference, and I am also confident he will take an already outstanding program to even loftier heights.”
Reports from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN both say WKU head football coach Bobby Petrino has been offered a contract by the University of Louisville and will likely accept. Petrino was previously at Louisville as head coach from 2003-2006.
The reports indicate Petrino and U of L will finalize terms of the contract Wednesday night and an announcement could come as early as Thursday morning.
If the reports hold true, Petrino's tenure at WKU will have lasted one season, with the Hilltoppers posting an 8-4 record under his guidance.