Bobby Petrino’s tenure as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals was largely successful with him winning 41 of 50 games, including taking the team to the Orange Bowl in 2007 and two finishes inside the top six.
His tenure ended with him bolting for the job with the Atlanta Falcons after flirting with a number of other openings, but a reunion could be in store for Petrino and Louisville after he interviewed for the head coaching job today.
Jurich had interviewed 7 candidates as of Tuesday morning, an 8th today….Bobby Petrino.
— Kent Taylor (@KentTaylorWAVE) January 7, 2014
The Louisville job may be Petrino’s to lose, but Michigan State Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is viewed as a frontrunner if athletic director Tom Jurich is not convinced Petrino wold not cast a black cloud over the program, according to Eric Crawford of WDRB.com.
“He’s a great coach who could, conceivably, do good things with the players Strong left behind. But for those who care about the program as a whole, and you can put Jurich at the top of that list, there are many questions to be asked and answered before it gets to the football side. Bobby Petrino is a genius between the lines. It’s what Jurich makes of where Petrino now stands outside the lines that will determine whether he gets a second chance.”
A segment of the student body is fully on board to ‘bring back Bobby’ as evidenced by the photo below.
This was on the SAC this morning …Tom Jurich’s office is In this building pic.twitter.com/IDu3adNSmD
— tony vanetti (@tonyvanetti) January 5, 2014
However, there is also a large segment of fans who cringe at the sound of his name and that won’t change even if he replicated the success he experienced here.
With eight interviews already in the books, the chances the hire could be made in the next 48 hours is very probable.