When the Louisville Cardinals football head coaching job opened up just this past week with the departure of Charlie Strong to the Texas Longhorns, it created a tremendous opportunity for an up-and-coming head coach to lead a solid football program into the ACC next season.
For some, though, they didn’t want an up-and-coming coach. They wanted back one of the coaches that helped put them in the national spotlight, Bobby Petrino, who is currently the head coach at Western Kentucky.
Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003-2006, where again, her really helped put the program on the map, leading the program to double-digit wins in 2004 and 2006.
Because of the debacle with his mistress on the motorcycle which led to his firing as the head coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, a good majority of the Louisville don’t want to see him back, citing the character issues of the past.
However, if they were to put all of that aside and consider bringing him back in, his dad–Bob Sr.–believes that his son would gladly be open to a triumphant return.
“He told me this weekend he would like the opportunity to coach at Louisville again,” Petrino’s father, Bob Sr., told the Courier-Journal. “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.”