Kragthorpe to be introduced Tuesday afternoon

University of Louisville officials are anticipating a 4:15 pm press conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe as the Cardinals new football coach.

University of Louisville officials are anticipating a 4:15 pm press conference Tuesday afternoon to introduce Tulsa's Steve Kragthorpe as the Cardinals new football coach.

Kragthorpe, 41, will replace Bobby Petrino, who accepted the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday night. According to the Tulsa World, Kragthorpe accepted the Louisville job Monday night after discussions with U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich.

The U of L Athletic Association Board of Director's Personnel Committee will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m. to approve Kragthorpe's hiring.

Once Kragthorpe gets to Louisville, he'll be down one star running back for next season. Michael Bush announced Tuesday morning that he's willing to take his chances to enter the National Football League Draft instead of returning to Louisville next season. Bush admitted that his decision would have been more difficult had Petrino remained at U of L.

The Cardinals are still waiting on junior quarterback Brian Brohm's decision whether or not he'll enter the NFL Draft early or return for his senior season. Brohm is expected to meet with Kragthorpe before making his decision. He has until Jan. 15 to decide.

Kragthorpe, along with his family, are expected to arrive in Louisville with Jurich some time Tuesday afternoon on a private jet. ESPN.com is reporting that Louisville and Kragthorpe have agreed to a five year deal.

Prior to Kragthorpe's arrival at Tulsa four years ago, the Golden Hurricanes had lost 20 of 21 games. Kragthorpe had a 29-22 record and guided Tulsa to three bowl games in four seasons, including a victory in the 2005 Liberty Bowl after winning the Conference USA title.


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