Sunday, January 07, 2007

Bobby Petrino is NFL-bound

Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino signed a 10-year, $25 million dollar contract before this season. So much for that idea. Petrino is heading for Atlanta, better known as Catlanta, to coach the Falcons.'s Pat Forde first reported the hiring and contract details earlier Sunday night.

"This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise," Falcons owner and CEO Arthur Blank said in a release. "Bobby Petrino is an extremely talented football coach who has done some tremendously innovative things as both an offensive coordinator and head coach, and he brings to us a record of success at the collegiate and professional levels. There is no question that he has a sharp mind, he is demanding and disciplined, and he is a motivator and developer of players. In short, he's a difference maker who will bring a strong identity to the Falcons -- one our team will buy into and take on as their own."

Petrino met with his Louisville players Sunday night to let them know he was going to Atlanta. The Falcons scheduled a formal announcement for Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

"I'm in shock right now," Louisville kicker Arthur Carmody told ESPN's Joe Schad Sunday night. "We're coming off a great Orange Bowl win and we were all thinking national championship. I didn't think this would happen. He said he enjoyed college football. He's a great coach and we're going to miss him."

Before the season, Petrino signed a 10-year, $25 million contract. Petrino had previously interviewed with Auburn, LSU, Notre Dame and the Oakland Raiders for other jobs, but announced in August that he would be at Louisville for the long haul.
In case you've been in a cave, Louisville can't keep their coaches. Since Howard Schnellenberger left, here's the roster:
Ron Cooper (1995-1998)
John L. Smith (1998-2003)
Bobby Petrino (2003-2006)

I know I shouldn't be talking as I am a UK fan and it seems like football coaches have very high turnovers but I thought the following stats were worthy of mention.

Frank Camp and Howard Schnellenberger have the longest tenures as head coach per Wikipedia.

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