Louisville seeks successful sequel with Petrino

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Associated Press

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 6:21 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bobby Petrino returned to Louisville aiming to continue his success at the school that jump-started his head coaching career.

His quest is tougher this time with the Cardinals entering the Atlantic Coast Conference, but he and his players are eager to begin preparation for the competition in a new league.

Practice opens Tuesday morning for Louisville, which hired Petrino in January for a second stint with the program he guided to a 41-9 record from 2003-06. He inherits a team that went 23-3 the past two seasons but looks to raise its play in the ACC.

Petrino said Monday that the transition has gone smoothly, making "it easy for our staff." Louisville needs to replace several defensive starters and ensure quarterback Will Gardner succeeds on offense.

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