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.