UofL expected to announce Petrino as head football coach Thursday

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by Associated Press/WHAS11

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Posted on January 8, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 8:55 AM

(AP/WHAS11)-- A member of the Louisville board of trustees says Western Kentucky's Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to be the Cardinals next head football coach.

WHAS11's Kent Spencer has confirmed that Petrino has accepted the offer from Louisville to become their head coach once again. Contract details have yet to be worked out and the buy out for Petrino is still being negotiated.

Jonathan Blue told The Associated Press Wednesday evening that it's a "done deal." Blue says the University of Louisville Athletic Association will meet Thursday morning and barring any unforeseen issues is expected to approve athletic director Tom Jurich's recommendation to have Petrino replace Charlie Strong, who accepted the Texas job over the weekend.

Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as a first-time head coach. He has an 83-30 career record as a college head coach, including an 8-4 mark last season with the Hilltoppers, his first position since his April 2012 firing by Arkansas amid scandal.

Petrino is expected to be introduced to the UofL Athletic Association board Thursday and university officials will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. where he will be officially introduced.

WHAS11 will carry the news conference live on television and online.

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