Bobby's Back at Louisville

Bobby Petrino is back in charge of the University of Louisville football program. Petrino, who guided the Cardinals from 2003-06, was named as a replacement on Thursday for Charlie Strong, who left for the Texas job last weekend. Cardinal Authority has the latest and will have continuing coverage.

Bobby Petrino is back.

Petrino, who led the University of Louisville football team from 2003-06 including a win in the '06 Orange Bowl, has been hired for a second stint with the Cardinals. He has been hired to replace Charlie Strong, who left for Texas.

The 52-year-old Petrino agreed to a five-year contract on Wednesday with U of L. The hiring was made official this morning after the U of L Athletic Association Board of Directors had a meeting and a vote.

The well-traveled, much-maligned Petrino is a changed man after some off-the-field indiscretions during his time since leaving U of L.

Petrino was 41-9 with U of L in his first stint and will take over a team that was 23-3 the past two seasons, including 12-1 this season with a dominating 36-9 victory over Miami last week in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Petrino comes to U of L after one season at Western Kentucky. He has an overall record of 83-30 during his college coaching tenure.

After years of bouncing around as an assistant coach, including in the NFL, Petrino landed his first head coaching job at U of L.

In his first season, U of L went 9-4 and lost in the GMAC Bowl before an 11-1 season and win in the Liberty Bowl. While losing in the Gator Bowl in 2005, the Cardinals finished 9-3 before going 12-1 and winning the Orange Bowl.

Petrino left just after the Orange Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons, where he went 3-10 before resigning to take the job at Arkansas.

Petrino had a 34-17 record at Arkansas. He was fired after four seasons for what the school called a "pattern of misleading" behavior. He sat out the 2012 season before getting hired by Western Kentucky.

In his only season at WKU, Petrino went 8-4.

Petrino's daughter, Katie, is a member of the University of Louisville golf team, while his son, Nick, also still lived in Louisville.


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