The younger brother of U of L head coach Bobby Petrino, the 38 year-old Petrino believes he's ready if given the chance to run his own show. And why not, he's been a big part of one of the most consistently explosive offensive units in the nation the past four years.
"I think I'm ready right now," Petrino said Sunday.
One of the top assistant coaches in college football, Petrino was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant football coach. And though Petrino believes he's ready to take over the reigns of his own program, he's also not in a big rush to leave his brother's side at Louisville.
"I'm very happy at Louisville," Petrino said. "It would just be a matter of the right situation, so it would have to be a good job. There's no question in my mind I'm ready right now. But I'm not out politicking for a job, either."
There's no question the Petrino's have become known for producing high-powered offenses. Even without star running back Michael Bush this season, the Cardinals boast one of the top offenses in the nation, ranking among the nation's elite in rushing, passing, total and scoring offense.
Son's of a longtime NAIA Hall of Fame coach, the Petrino's cut their teeth on breaking down defenses and devising ways to attack them.
"We were probably learning how to break down films, learning how to read defenses when other people were out hunting and fishing with their dads," Petrino said. "I knew 20 years ago Bob was ready for a head job and was just a matter of when he got it. Obviously I'm biased, but there's no better offensive mind out there in the country. To me it's been a great experience because I've learning from the best, and it sets me up for when I get my chance to hopefully do as good a job."
That chance could come sooner, rather than later for Paul Petrino.