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07:44 AM ET 01.08 | Those in Louisville hoping to "Bring Bobby Back," as a sign proclaimed, may get their wish soon. A University of Louisville spokesman said that Athletic Association board members are being notified to be prepared for a Thursday morning personnel meeting. Meanwhile, there is increasing buzz that [Petrino] has emerged as a serious candidate to replace Charlie Strong, who has taken the job at Texas. USA Today reported on Tuesday evening that WKU athletic director Todd Stewart met with WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm to discuss the Hilltoppers' head coaching position if Petrino leaves for U of L. Petrino spoke to Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich on Tuesday. On Monday evening, Petrino's father, Bob Sr., told The Courier-Journal that his son wants to become Louisville's next football coach.

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January 8, 2014  08:15 AM ET

Go Bobby Go, leave Narduzzi alone.

January 8, 2014  08:35 AM ET

Bring Bobby back.

January 8, 2014  08:37 AM ET

Bobby made a serious mistake at Arkie, but you gotta admit the guy is a helluva coach.

January 8, 2014  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Bobby made a serious mistake at Arkie, but you gotta admit the guy is a helluva coach.

He's good for sure. His indescretion aside the lying to your face is a bigger issue. He has a pretty strong history of dishonesty going back to his first stint at Louisville to Atlanta to Harleygate.

January 8, 2014  09:03 AM ET

Narduzzi would be a good coach there. Sorry DS. he would be, good school, in a good conf. Looking back now look how smart he was walking from the UConn Job, if he could go to louisville. Besides if he goes he gets free papa johns pizza? Right?

January 8, 2014  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Bobby made a serious mistake at Arkie, but you gotta admit the guy is a helluva coach.

I wanted UTK to interview him last year but they didn't want his baggage apparently.

January 8, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's good for sure. His indescretion aside the lying to your face is a bigger issue. He has a pretty strong history of dishonesty going back to his first stint at Louisville to Atlanta to Harleygate.

+1.

Call it baggage or whatever, but the dishonesty history and continuity of it is certainly disturbing. Good coach or no, I would not be happy if he were my team's coach.

January 8, 2014  09:39 AM ET

Petrino.......Pitino .........they could almost share the same office.

January 8, 2014  10:50 AM ET

Coach Petrino all the way!

January 8, 2014  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Narduzzi would be a good coach there. Sorry DS. he would be, good school, in a good conf. Looking back now look how smart he was walking from the UConn Job, if he could go to louisville. Besides if he goes he gets free papa johns pizza? Right?

I'm sure if Louisville offers, Narduzzi accepts. A good program in a Power 5 conference that is still near his recruiting ties, why wouldn't he accept. I just hope they don't offer.

January 8, 2014  11:23 AM ET

As a Michigan fan I would love to see him go. That being said, I highly doubt there is a drop off in the def. for MSU. MD is a def. guy, I actually have wondered how much of it is MD and how much is PN. Im sure MD has taught PN a thing or two while he has worked under him.

January 8, 2014  11:30 AM ET

Well, if he leaves, there is the issue of staff continuity. Does he take any of the defensive asisstants with him? Does Dantonio promote from within (Harlan Barnett would seem to be in line for the d-coord job) and have to replace only his db coach? Lots of disruptions are possible. I do agree that Dantonio is as responsible for our defense success as Narduzzi.

January 8, 2014  12:50 PM ET

Why would they hire the same guy who picked up and left. It's a sign of desperation because if he wins he'll do the same thing again.

January 8, 2014  01:01 PM ET

He has no loyalty to anyone......

January 8, 2014  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

He's good for sure. His indescretion aside the lying to your face is a bigger issue. He has a pretty strong history of dishonesty going back to his first stint at Louisville to Atlanta to Harleygate.

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING!

Those alarm bells should be sounding for any prospective employer, but Louisville kept Pitino on through his scandal. Perhaps, UL is Petrino's perfect fit.

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January 8, 2014  01:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Petrino.......Pitino .........they could almost share the same office.

Or a table top at your local steakhouse.

January 8, 2014  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Coach Petrino all the way!

Being reported his hiring is "imminent" by all the cfb writers

January 8, 2014  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! DING! Those alarm bells should be sounding for any prospective employer, but Louisville kept Pitino on through his scandal. Perhaps, UL is Petrino's perfect fit.

With 20/20 hindsight.....Petrino's "baggage" may be worth putting up with, if you can control him going forward. IMHO, they guy's a top-5 coach in CFB.

Pay him well with HUGE ethics/buy-out provisions and dare him to stay in line. Part of Arky's Board suggested they modify his contract to where he'd forfeit 75%+ of his salary if he left or had anohter violation of morality clause. Word here is he would have signed it. If that faction of the board had won, Arkansas would still be a top 20 (possibly top 10) program today.

If I had it to do over again, I would take the risk under provisions listed above. It Lousiville can do the same, they are getting a steal.

 
January 8, 2014  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I wanted UTK to interview him last year but they didn't want his baggage apparently.

Careful.....Tinny will be cursing BOTH of us for this

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