Louisville officially hires former USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward as the Cardinals' secondary coach

The University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino made it official on Thursday, hiring former USC defensive backs coach Keith Heyward as the school's secondary coach. The 35-year-old Heyward met with the local media.

Keith Heyward had been to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium before a trip this week to interview for a job. Heyward was a graduate assistant in 2005 when Oregon State made a visit to Louisville.

The Beavers left with a 63-27 loss.

"It was a bad one," Heyward recalled. "They were playing that song that I got tired of very fast."

Now, Heyward is back and on the Cardinals' side. Heyward was hired on Wednesday and U of L made it offiical on Thursday as Heyward will be the school's new secondary coach. He will coach the Cardinals' cornerbacks, safeties and nickelbacks.

"We are excited to add Keith Heyward to our staff," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement released by the school. "He's an excellent teacher and technician. He understands our schemes and will be a great addition to the staff. He has displayed an ability to be a tremendous leader of young men and is an excellent recruiter."

Heyward, who also interviewed at Arizona State, spent two years at Washington and the last two seasons at USC. He went to high school in California but was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Queens, N.Y.

"This is a great opportunity for me," Heyward said. "I am very thankful to coach Petrino and I am very excited to get to work with coach (Todd Grantham). I'm excited to get started."

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