LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 Sports has learned that the University of Louisville will name a new head football coach no later than Thursday.
UofL vice president of athletics Tom Jurich has interviewed eight candidates to replace Charlie Strong. Strong left for the head coaching job at the University of Texas.
On Tuesday Jurich interviewed Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino. The Toppers were 8-4 in 2013. Petrino was the Cards head coach from 2003-2006, going 41-9 with a win in the 2007 Orange Bowl. His 82% winning percentage is the best in school history, and his 41 wins have only been topped by Frank Camp (118) and Howard Schnellenberger (54).
Petrino left UofL for a brief stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons and then spent four seasons as the head coach at the University of Arkansas. In April of 2012 he was fired after it was revealed that he had an affair with a member of his staff, and was not initially forthcoming to athletic director Jeff Long.
Petrino was hired at Western Kentucky on December 10, 2012, and has a $1.2 million dollar buyout.
The other finalists are Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.
In another development, Western Kentucky athletic director Todd Stewart interviewed Toppers offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm for the WKU head coaching job, should Petrino leave.
Brohm was a player and assistant at UofL and could have the option of joining Petrino's UofL staff.
The UofL athletic board of directors has a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday morning. At that meeting they are expected to approve a contract for a new head football coach.
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