Jurich on Petrino's future, bowl attendance

It's been a recurring theme after each season since Bobby Petrino arrived at Louisville three years ago. Will he stay or will he go? This time, however, it's not Ole Miss, LSU or Auburn. It's the National Football League.

It's been a recurring theme after each season since Bobby Petrino arrived at Louisville three years ago. Will he stay or will he go?

This time, however, it's not Ole Miss, LSU or Auburn. It's the National Football League. Sunday, four NFL teams – New Orleans, Minnesota, St. Louis, and Kansas City - fired their head coaches, creating plenty of opportunity for coaches like Petrino.

There was plenty of discussion Monday at the Toyota Gator Bowl about Petrino's future. The current round of speculation stemmed from comments made by FOX analyst Dick Stockton during Sundays Chicago-Minnesota football game that Petrino might be a top candidate for one of the current NFL job openings.

Asked about his programs head coach after the Cardinals 35-24 loss to Virginia Tech, Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich elected to talk about U of L's Gator Bowl performance instead of speculating on Petrino's future. When asked if he had been contacted about Petrino's availability, Jurich said, "Let's enjoy the moment, let's really just enjoy the moment. This was a special day and a great week in January."

Jurich credited Petrino for devising a solid game plan and said he couldn't be prouder of how the Cardinals played.

"I couldn't be prouder of our kids," Jurich said. "I thought Bobby had a tremendous game plan. We wore down a little bit at the end, but this doesn't take any shine off of a wonderful season."

Despite the loss, Jurich sounded upbeat about the programs future.

"We will continue to get better and the future is very, very bright for this program," Jurich said. "We'll continue to recruit, work hard through the winter, and have a great spring practice and summer. The Kentucky game will be right in front of us and I can't wait."

Jurich was also pleased with the turnout from Louisville's fans.

"For anybody that rushed to judgement about our fan base, I think they learned a lesson there," said Jurich. "I think our fan base is great. They announced (63,780) and half the place was red. There's no doubt in my mind it might even have been more. I'm very proud."


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