Louisville coaching search wide open, could include Bobby Petrino

With Charlie Strong’s hiring as the Texas Longhorns’ new head coach, Louisville officially enters the coaching market. After a few down years with Steve Kragthorpe, Strong put Louisville back on the national scene, much like Bobby Petrino did from 2003-06.

Now, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is tasked with finding someone who can further Strong’s recent success. Jurich is looking to make a long-term hire in order to continue building the program into a national brand.

“I’m a big person that believes in fit,” Jurich said. “I want somebody that fits here. You always say you want somebody who wants to be here. Does that mean five minutes? Five years? Five days? I want somebody who will look at this job as a true destination job, look at it as a long-term process. Somebody that wants to build it the right way and continue to build what Charlie did.”

As far as candidates on the table, CoachingSearch.com reports that Jurich will leave no stone unturned, even possibly considering bringing Petrino, who is currently at Western Kentucky, back to where he got his head coaching start. Jurich is simply looking for the best coach.

“Best coach. Best coach, period,” Jurich said. “Because before, I’m not certain I would have ever searched out Charlie just to say I wanted a defensive coach. What I wanted (the last time) was a head coach and Charlie certainly served that role very valuably.”