By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Louisville Cardinals have fired head football coach Bobby Petrino. He was fired just two days after his final game with the team.
Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde was the first to report the news. Petrino will not be allowed to finish the season.
He has been fired after a 2-8 record this season. The team has lost seven straight games, including a 54-23 loss to the Syracuse Orange on Friday night.
The athletic department will now owe Petrino $14.1 million in a buyout, which will be paid over the next several years. This would be in addition to the money they would spend on a new head coach.
The Cardinals would likely target Jeff Brohm, who is the Purdue Boilermakers head coach. The 47-year-old was born in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Louisville, before going undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft.
Brohm began his collegiate coaching career with the Cardinals in 2003 as the quarterbacks coach. He worked as an assistant coach from 2003 through 2008 with the team.
He guided the Boilermakers to a 5-5 record this season. The team fell to 5-5 after a 41-10 loss to the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
Purdue began the season on a three-game losing streak. They then rebounded with four straight wins, including a 49-20 blowout win over No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The team; however, has lost two of its last three games.
Petrino went 119-56 in his collegiate coaching career with the Cardinals, Arkansas Razorbacks, and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in 14 seasons. He also went 5-6 in 11 Bowl games.
Nine years of his career was spent with the Cardinals, as he went 77-35 in 112 games. He also went 3-5 in bowl games as the Louisville head coach.
His last bowl game win with the team was in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in 2015. Lamar Jackson — the game’s MVP — led the Cardinals to a 27-21 win over the Texas A&M Aggies.
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