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Report: Louisville set to hire Bobby Petrino, longtime Kentucky foil, to return to Cardinals


Louisville, which has won the Governor's Cup from Kentucky each of the last three years, will reportedly hire Bobby Petrino to be its head coach. Petrino has a 5-1 career record against Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Hale)

Louisville, which has won the Governor’s Cup from Kentucky each of the last three years, will reportedly hire Bobby Petrino to be its head coach. Petrino has a 5-1 career record against Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Hale)

Former Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky football coach Bobby Petrino—a constant thorn in the side of both Kentucky and especially its fans—will be announced as the new Louisville coach Thursday,Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde reported Wednesday afternoon.
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Petrino was the Cardinals’ coach from 2003-06, when he left to coach the Atlanta Falcons five months after signing a 10-year extension that would still have three years left on it if he hadn’t resigned. He coached the Falcons for less than a full season, left in the middle of the night (not a figure of speech) to coach Arkansas, where he remained for four seasons and coached to a 34-17 record.

He was fired from Arkansas in April 2012after a motorcycle accident undressed a scandal-in-waiting he had been hiding that involved the improper hiring of his mistress to a position in the athletics department and subsequently lying to athletics director Jeff Long about it.

Petrino was out of coaching for a year and was then hired to replace Willie Taggert at Western Kentucky. He was 8-4, winning his first game as the Hilltoppers’ coach in an easy 35-26 win over Kentucky in Nashville.

Petrino is 5-1 as a head coach against Kentucky, and his teams (Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky) have scored 35.5 points per game in those six games to Kentucky’s 25.5.

Head coach, Louisville

2003,at Kentucky: Louisville 40, Kentucky 24

2004,at Louisville: Louisville 28, Kentucky 0

2005,at Kentucky: Louisville 31, Kentuckt 24

2006,at Louisville: Louisville 59, Kentucky 28

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Head coach, Arkansas

2008,at Kentucky: Kentucky 21, Arkansas 20

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Head coach, Western Kentucky

2013, at L.P. Field in Nashville: Western Kentucky 35, Kentucky 26

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Kentucky’s game against the Cardinals is moving to the end of the season beginning with 2014. Petrino’s Cardinals will host Kentucky on Nov. 29, the regular-season finale for both.


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