Petrino says he's staying at U of L

University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino has announced his intentions that he is not a candidate for any of the numerous coaching positions available nation-wide and will remain in Louisville.

Just one day after an article appearing in the Boston Globe proclaimed that Notre Dame had tabbed him as their top choice to replace Tyrone Willingham, Bobby Petrino announced to the college football world his intentions to remain at University of Louisville.

Petrino, through U of L's sports information department, issued the following statement Tuesday afternoon concerning his intentions to remain in Louisville:

"I want to make it clear that I'm not interested in any other coaching jobs, and am happy at the University of Louisville," Petrino said.

Petrino, who in two years as the Cardinals head coach has compiled a 19-5 record, including this season's remarkable 10-1 record, No. 7 national ranking and the program's third Conference USA title, had become one of the hottest coaches for athletic directors across the nation in search of new blood for their football programs.

Just last week, Petrino was considered one of the top candidates for the vacant job at Florida before Utah's Urban Myer was tabbed to replace the fired Ron Zook. This week, various reports indicated that Petrino was one of the top candidates, if not the top candidate, at both Mississippi and Notre Dame.

"During the season, I didn't feel it was appropriate to address speculation about other coaching vacancies. I felt it was important to maintain our focus on winning one game at a time," Petrino explained. "I'm extremely proud of our players and assistant coaches in winning the Conference USA Championship. As I stood on the sideline against the University of Cincinnati, and saw the emotion and feeling of accomplishment on the faces of our players, I knew that I had something special at the University of Louisville.

Known as an offensive genious(Petrino's offense this season ranks first nationally in total offense and scoring per game), Petrino's statement should end the constant barrage of speculation concerning his future at the University of Louisville, who will begin play in the Big East Conference next season.

"I'm very excited about our move into the Big East, the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game and the chance to compete for a national championship," Petrino said. "Dr. James Ramsey and Tom Jurich, through their hard work and dedication, have made this the best job in the country. As I've stated before, Louisville is the perfect place to raise a family and I plan for all four of my children to graduate from high school in Louisville."

Petrino, who is currently in the state of New Jersey recruiting, is expected to receive a significant raise from U of L. Terms of that new deal have not been released.

Next up for Petrino and the Cardinals will be a New Year's Eve shootout at the Liberty Bowl against No. 10 Boise State.

"Our team is really excited about our matchup with Boise State in the Liberty Bowl," Petrino said. "The players have taken a lot of pride in our top 10 national ranking and our looking forward to sending our seniors out with a win."

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