Petrino admits mistake, remains at U of L

"I made a mistake and met with representatives of Auburn University last week," Petrino said. "This is the job I want. This is where I'm going to stay. And that's really all there is to it."

University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petino admitted Wednesday morning that he had contact with Auburn University officials late last week about the position currently held by Tommy Tubberville.

Petrino was candid in his remarks, admitting he made a mistake and apologized to both U of L AD Tom Jurich and Tubberville for meeting with Auburn officials without informing them about the visit.

"I made a mistake and met with representatives of Auburn University last week," Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday morning. "I want to apologize to Tom Jurich. I should have informed him right away. And secondly I want to apologize to Tommy Tubberville. To talk to people when the job wasn't open wasn't right."

"They did come in here," Petrino admitted of meeting with Auburn officials last week. "We did visit shortly. An there was no job offer."

Jurich said he has known for the past couple weeks that the situation was serious and blasted Auburn officials for their lack of attention to protocal in the matter and for lacking what Jurich labeled, "Common courtesy."

"I knew it was serious because it was Auburn," Jurich said.

Jurich and Petrino met last night about the matter and the coach informed Jurich that he would remain at U of L.

"Tom Jurich is the best athletic director in the country," Petrino said. "He's given me a great opportunity here at the University of Louisville. And I'm very appreciative of that. This is the job I want. This is where I'm going to stay. And that's really all there is to it."

Perhaps the most important question in the entire situation is why Petrino felt compelled to meet with Auburn in the secret of night without informing either Jurich or U of L President James Ramsey of the visit.

"What I wanted to do was have our team concentrate and focus on the game," Petrino said expalining why he hid the fact that Auburn officials visited last week. "I didn't think we needed this out there in the press. These are people that I knew and had a prevous relationship with and wanted to visit."

Petrino spent his morning mending fences and met with his players to explain the situation.

"I met with the players this morning and they understand the situation," Petrino said. "And I think they're very happy about it."

Another question raised is why Petrino would be interested in a job where the university officials act in a manner such as was exhibited in this situation.

"I didn't say I was completely interested in it," Petrino said. "I think I need to have the time to evaluate the situation. I had the opportunity to visit with them and see what they had to say. It shouldn't have happened."

Having put the Auburn situation to rest and behind him, Petrino says he's committed to Louisville and looks forward to raising his kids in the river city.

"There won't be another job that I'll be interested in because I want my kids to be able to say I have a home, this is where I'm from,"


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