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Tuesday
Sep022014

Louisville Dominant in Petrino's Return

iStockphoto(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- The Louisville Cardinals (1-0) defense held Miami to 1-for-13 on three downs, helping lead the team to a 31-13 win over the Hurricanes on Monday in their season opener.

It was also the first victory for head coach Bobby Petrino in his return to Louisville.

"I thought it would be a real battle and we would have to work extremely hard," said Petrino. "Obviously, we made some mistakes on offense and on special teams. I thought the defense really did a great job all night long, especially on third down."

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the first quarter when Will Gardner hit Charles Standberry on a two yard touchdown pass. The Hurricanes countered with 10 straight points before Louisville regained the lead just prior to halftime when Corvin Lamb went 97 yards on a kickoff return.

Coming out of the locker room it was all Louisville as they scored 17 straight points after Miami closed the gap to 14-13 just four minutes into the third.

The game also saw a pair of quarterbacks making their first career starts. Gardner was 20-for-28 passing for 206 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman Brad Kaaya did not fare as well for Miami (0-1), tossing a pair of interceptions and going just 17-for-29 in his debut.

"We did not do a good enough job protecting a first-start quarterback. Period," said Hurricanes coach Al Golden.

Louisville opened their tenure in the Atlantic Coast Conference, dominating a mainstay program in the ACC. Petrino led the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as head coach. 


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Sunday
Jan122014

Source: Louisville to Hire Grantham as DC

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Louisville has reportedly found their new defensive coordinator. A source tells ESPN's Joe Schad that Georgia's Todd Grantham has accepted a five-year deal at with the Cardinals worth approximately $1 million per year.

Grantham has spent the past four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Georgia, leading the Bulldogs to a fifth overall defense in 2011. The 47-year old installed a 3-4 scheme in Athens that led to an increase in both sacks and takeaways.

Prior to Georgia, Grantham spent multiple season in the NFL working with Dallas, Houston, Celeveland and Indianapolis. He was also a coach on the collegiate level at both Michigan State and Virginia Tech.

Louisville hired Bobby Petrino, who coached the Cardinals from 2003-2006, earlier in the week and have also reportedly hired UAB's Garrick McGee as the teams offensive coordinator. McGee held the same position at Arkansas under Petrino.

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Thursday
Jan092014

Louisville Introduces Bobby Petrino

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bobby Petrino is happy to be back home after Louisville announced on Thursday that he'd be the next head coach.

Petrino takes over for Charlie Strong, who left for the open Texas job and is looking forward to his second stint with the football program.

Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003 to 2006 and went 41-9 before leaving for the NFL. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2008 as the head coach of Arkansas, but was fired in 2012 following an accident in which he was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress.

"I've made mistakes both professionally and personally, something that I'm not going to do again," Petrino said. "My first mistake was ever leaving Louisville."

Petrino has 83 career wins at the collegiate level, seven bowl appearances, eight winning seasons, and four 10-win seasons.

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Wednesday
Jan082014

ESPN: Bobby Petrino Offered Louisville's Head Coaching Job

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  A return to the University of Louisville may be in the cards for former head coach Bobby Petrino.

The Western Kentucky coach has been offered the vacant head coaching position at Louisville and is expected to return to the school, according to ESPN.  Petrino would be replacing Charlie Strong, who took the head coaching job at Texas.

Petrino coached the Cardinals from 2003 to 2006 and went 41-9 before leaving for the NFL.  He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2008 as the head coach of Arkansas, but was fired in 2012 following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress.

Western Kentucky hired Petrino in December 2012, signing him to a four-year contract with a base salary of $850,000.  It includes a $1.2 million repayment to the school if he terminates the deal early.

The 52-year-old Petrino has an all-time record of 83-30 as a college coach.

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Monday
Dec102012

Bobby Petrino Introduced as Western Kentucky Head Football Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(BOWLING GREEN, KY.) -- Western Kentucky introduced Bobby Petrino as its new head football coach on Monday. Petrino takes over for Willie Taggart, who left the Hilltoppers to become the head coach at South Florida.

“My wife Becky and I consider this coming home,” Petrino said. “We have children here in the state. We’ve been here and it’s great to come back to the state that we love.”

The 51-year-old Petrino spent eight seasons at Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks to a 75-26 record. He was fired last April after it was discovered he lied to school officials about having a female school employee with him during a motorcycle accident.

Petrino started his head coaching career at Louisville, where he compiled a record of 41-9, leading the Cardinals to their first-ever BCS berth in the 2006 Orange Bowl.

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Tuesday
Dec042012

Bret Bielema Leaves Wisconsin For Arkansas

Michael Hickey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Longtime Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema has accepted the vacant coaching position at Arkansas, according to ESPN.

The 42-year-old Bielema has coached at Wisconsin for the past seven seasons and went 68-24.  They went 8-5 this season but won the Big 10 and are playing in their third consecutive Rose Bowl next month against Stanford.

Wisconsin has not yet announced whether Bielema will coach the Badgers in that game.

Bielema will take over an Arkansas program that is still recovering from the controversial firing of former coach Bobby Petrino. He was fired this past April.

John L. Smith was tabbed the interim head coach following Petrino's firing, but the team went just 4-8 this season after being in the top 10 at the beginning of the year.  They missed a bowl game for the first time since 2008.

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Tuesday
Apr242012

Arkansas Rehires John L. Smith to Replace Bobby Petrino

Banana Stock(NEW YORK) -- In an effort to move on from the Bobby Petrino era and to provide the program with some consistency, the team has hired John L. Smith as their new head coach. Smith has signed a 10-month contract worth $850,000.

Smith previously coached at Arkansas with Petrino, Michigan State, Louisville, and Utah State. He most recently served as the special teams coach at Arkansas for three seasons. Four months ago, he left Arkansas to take the job at Weber State, his alma matter.

Smith will replace the recently fired Bobby Petrino after it was discovered that he was having an affair with Jessica Dorrell, an assistant he recently hired. All of this came out after an April 1 motorcycle crash in which Petrino initially failed to disclose to the University that Dorrell was with him during the time of the accident. Once athletic director Jeff Long learned about the incidents, he was fired.

"I think Jeff Long made a great hire," Petrino said. "While there were several outstanding internal candidates, John L. brings a lot of head coaching experience to the table that will help Arkansas' transition. He will unify the staff, the team and the Razorback fan base. I wish coach Smith, his staff, and Arkansas football team the very best."

Smith, 63, has a career coaching record of 132-86.

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Tuesday
Apr102012

Petrino Out As Arkansas Head Football Coach

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- Bobby Petrino is out as head football coach of Arkansas.

The 51-year-old Petrino was put on paid leave last week after he failed to disclosed to university officials that a 25-year-old female school employee was with him when he crashed his motorcycle.

Petrino, who is married with four children, later admitted to an inappropriate relationship with the female employee.

"Coach Petrino's conduct regarding the account of the accident jeopardize the integrity of the football program," Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said during a news conference Tuesday night.

In his four seasons at Arkansas, Petrino went 34-17, leading the Razorbacks to three bowl appearances, including their first BCS bowl berth.

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Friday
Apr062012

Arkansas' Bobby Petrino Placed On Paid Administrative Leave

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.) -- After leading the Arkansas football program back to relevance, head coach Bobby Petrino finds himself in hot water as the university has placed Petrino on paid administrative leave.

This is all a result of a motorcycle accident Petrino was in over the weekend. The issue wasn't the accident, but who he was with at the time. Petrino failed to disclose he had been riding with a female employee of the football program that was hired just last week. She's also half of Petrino's age. Petrino said he hid this information because he wanted to keep the "inappropriate relationship from being public."

"I will fully cooperate with the university throughout this process and the hope is to repair my relationships with my family, my athletics director, the Razorback Nation, and remain the coach of the Razorbacks," Petrino said in a statement issued by the university.

The female with Petrino has been identified as former Arkansas volleyball player Jessica Dorrell, who is 25 years old. She was hired by Petrino as the student-athlete development coordinator.

Based on a clause in Petrino's contract, the school has the right fire Petrino if they wish.

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