Immediately, speculation from media and fans alike began. Would Bobby Petrino remain at Louisville and continue to build a national championship contending football program?
"I'm the head football coach at the University of Louisville and this is where I want to be the head coach at," Petrino told WHAS 11 news following Tuesday's practice. "It's unfortunate that when a guy gets fired that I have to take a few shots at it."
During his press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Petrino was asked about the speculation that quickly developed following Zook's dismisal.
"It is challenging and sometimes I think it is hard on me and my family," said Petrino. "I don't want to have to answer questions everytime my name comes up. We're 5-1 right now and we have a great opportunity for a super season. I really like our team."
He was also asked about how he handled the topic with the current roster of Cardinal football players.
"I just always try to talk to them and face it straight on," Petrino explained.
Petrino then jokingly added, "[I told them] my name pops up because you're playing so well...so it's your fault."
U of L athletic director had the perfect answer ss for the likelihood of Bobby Petrino's name surfacing for a number of future open positions?
"I expect every coach I hire to be somebody that people will want elsewhere at some point," Jurich told the Courier Journal. "Isn't that what you want? I think that the job with this football program is one of the best in America, and going into the Big East, it's only going to get better."
So, let the speculation come to an end.