LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville has hired Bobby Petrino for a second stint as the Cardinals' football coach.
The school made the announcement Thursday morning on its website after a unanimous vote by the school's athletic association. Petrino returns to the Cardinals after leading them to a 41-9 record from 2003-06. He replaces Charlie Strong, who left last weekend to accept the Texas job.
Petrino takes over a Cardinal program coming off a 12-1 finish and gearing up to join the Atlantic Coast Conference next season. He is 83-30 lifetime as a college coach and comes to Louisville after guiding Western Kentucky to an 8-4 finish in his only season with the Hilltoppers.
WKU athletic director Todd Stewart said in a statement that the Cardinals "made a tremendous hire" and wished Petrino and his family well.
Western Kentucky University hasn't officially announced their new coach yet but all signs point to Jeff Brohm, a former UofL player.
But WKU Athletic Director Todd Stewart did release this statement on Jan. 9:
"President Ramsey, Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville have made a tremendous hire, and I wish Bobby, Becky and the Petrino family much success and happiness in Louisville...Our program benefited greatly from his presence, knowledge and leadership. He will do a terrific job leading the Louisville football program as they move into the Atlantic Coast Conference, and I am also confident he will take an already outstanding program to even loftier heights."