LSU's coaching position came open late last week when Nick Saban, who led the Tigers to the 2003 BCS championship, accepted the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins. Petrino, rumored to be a prime candidate before Saban accepted the Dolphin's offer, signed an enhanced contract with U of L last week, promising the U of L Athletic Board of Directors that he'd be coaching the Cardinals next season.
Petrino, who will lead his No. 7 Cardinals this Friday against undefeated Boise State in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, saw his salary doubled last week by U of L and said the day of the contract announcement that he intended to remain in Louisville until his children completed high school, stating that Louisville was the place he and his family wanted to be. Petrino, who has promised several recruits recently that he'd be coaching at U of L in 2005, also released a statement earlier this month apparently publicly pledging his loyalty to the Cardinals, stating, "I want to make it clear that I'm not interested in any other coaching jobs, and am happy at the University of Louisville."
The 43-year old Petrino has been a hot name on the coaching rumor mill in recent months after leading Louisville to a 10-1 record, Conference USA title and the school's highest national ranking. Petrino's offense led the nation in yard and points per game.
New Orleans Times Picayune report: http://www.nola.com/newslogs/tpsports/