Petrino issues statement; committed to UofL

In light of speculation that he is a prime target to replace ousted coach Mike Shula at Alabama, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino issued a clear statement of his intentions Tuesday afternoon.

Bobby Petrino won't be a part of the coaching carousel this year. Petrino, who signed a long-term deal last summer worth $25.5 million with the University of Louisville, made clear Tuesday that he has no intention of leaving U of L.

"When Tom (Jurich) and I sat down this summer to talk about a new contract, we anticipated that there would be many high profile job openings," Petrino said in a statement issued to the media. "The University of Louisville made a tremendous commitment to me and I made a commitment to the University of Louisville. I'm not a candidate for any job openings."

Petrino's statement smashes considerable speculation that he was going to be a prime candidate to replace the ousted Mike Shula at Alabama. Shula was fired yesterday just one season after leading the Crimson Tide to a 10-2 record.

One of the hottest coaches in the country, Petrino has guided Louisville to a 10-1 record this season and #6 national ranking. In four seasons at Louisville, Petrino has led the Cardinals to a 39-9 overall record. If the Cardinals win Saturday against UConn and West Virginia defeats Rutgers, Louisville would win the 2006 Big East title outright and play in the schools first BCS bowl game ever this January.

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