Louisville Fires Head Football Coach Bobby Petrino

The University of Louisville has fired head football coach Bobby Petrino.  

The news comes after the team has started the season with a 2-8 record.

Here is the full statement from University of Louisville athletics:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Bobby Petrino has been relieved of his duties as the University of Louisville football head coach, Vice-President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra announced on Sunday morning.

“We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historically at UofL during his two separate tenures here,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said.  “However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around.”

“I did not have the confidence that it was going to happen next season without a change and it needs to start happening now.  We expect to determine a new head coach soon to restore our football program to national prominence.”

In nine years at Louisville, Petrino posted a 77-35 record, including a 21-18 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Petrino directed the program to eight winning seasons, tying the school record for wins in 2006 with a 12-1 mark. 

The Helena, Montana, native served two different stints with the Cardinals. He produced a 41-9 record during his first term from 2003-06, returning to Louisville in 2014 to amass a 36-26 record.

In 14 seasons as a college head coach, with stops at Louisville, Arkansas (2008-11), and Western Kentucky (2013), Petrino compiled an overall mark of 119-56. 

With two games remaining, the Cardinals are 2-8 overall and are last in the ACC with an 0-7 record.

A national search for the next coach at Louisville will begin immediately,

The Cardinals return home on Saturday to face NC State at 12:20 p.m. before closing out the season on Nov. 24 versus Kentucky.

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