By Sam Draut–

In February, University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich received approval from the Athletic Association to begin negotiations to re-work a new contract for football coach Bobby Petrino. The school announced today that Petrino will receive a seven-year deal worth $30.625 million, averaging $4.35 million per year.

Petrino is entering his third year in his second stint at Louisville. In 2014, he signed a six-year contract worth $3 million per year.

“I wanted to show everyone the confidence I have in the job he is doing,” Jurich said. “Bobby has earned this. I know this is a place he wants to call home.”

After going 9-4 in his first year of returning to Louisville, Petrino’s team struggled early on this past season, losing their first three games and dropping to 2-4. But Louisville won six of its final seven games and capped of the year with a 27-21 win over Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl.

“I like the football team we have coming back,” Petrino said. “Our goal is to win a championship.”

Photo by Wade Morgen / The Louisville Cardinal