Sat. Mar 23rd, 2019

U of L fires Bobby Petrino

By Matt Bradshaw —

Following an entire season of the Cardinal fanbase eager for his termination, Bobby Petrino has been fired as head coach of Louisville football.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports first reported the news around 11 a.m. on Sunday, and athletics director Vince Tyra confirmed shortly after. U of L apparently fired Petrino first thing in the morning.

Athletic Director Vince Tyra says he discussed the matter with President Neeli Bendapudi the previous night and received her full support.

The Cards are in the midst of one of their worst seasons in 10 years with a 2-8 record, including seven losses in a row and no wins in the ACC.

This is not to mention the growing group of recruits who have dropped their commitments to Louisville’s program. Whether this is the direct fault of Petrino or the struggling team in general remains to be seen.

One of the reasons the University remained reluctant to fire Petrino in the first place is the $14 million buyout stipulated in his contract. After buying out former athletics director Tom Jurich among other things, U of L is lacking a plethora of money to carry out the act.

“There have been plenty of financial decisions in my life, but you have to make the right decision,” said Tyra.

Many fans are eager to hire Purdue’s head coach Jeff Brohm, former U of L player, as a replacement for Petrino. In the meantime, Lorenzo Ward will serve as interim head coach.

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