Jurich to move quickly to name replacement

Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich promised Sunday night to move quickly to find a replacement for former head coach Bobby Petrino.

Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich promised Sunday night to move quickly to find a replacement for former head coach Bobby Petrino.

Petrino was offered and accepted the head coaching position of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons Sunday, filling the job left vacant last week after Jim Mora's firing.

Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe appears the frontrunner to replace Petrino and Jurich seemed appreciative Sunday night after Petrino informed him of his decision to leave the Cardinals program.

"I certainly appreciate all the hard work he did in elevating this program to where it stands today," Jurich said in a released statement Sunday night. "I wish him and his family all the best."

When John L. Smith left Louisville in Dec. 2002 for Michigan State, Jurich moved quickly to hire Petrino, introducing Petrino only a matter of days after Smith's departure.

Coming off the best season in school history, in which Petrino led Louisville to a 12-1 record, Big East title and a victory over Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl, Jurich promises to move quickly to name Louisville's next coach and keep the Cardinals moving forward in their new role as a national football power.

"We're going to move quickly in hiring our next coach to keep our momentum going," he said.


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