Fans React to Bobby Petrino's Decision to Leave for Louisville

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

"I knew it was going to happen eventually.  I didn't see it being Louisville, but that's how it ended up," said WKU graduate and Louisville fan Joel Nivens.

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- It has been confirmed that WKU's head football coach, Bobby Petrino is headed back to the University of Louisville to become their new head coach, after Charlie Strong left for Texas, and some fans are taking the news better than others.

"People knew he was just going to build the program and go on to something bigger," said WKU student and Louisville fan Taylor Lambert.

"I knew it was going to happen eventually. I didn't see it being Louisville, but that's how it ended up," said WKU graduate and Louisville fan Joel Nivens.

While many fans say they saw the quick departure of Petrino coming, it still didn't make it any easier on some of them.

"I can't really wish him the best. I hope U of L does pretty bad because he left us this year. He left us hanging pretty bad," said WKU student and fan Michael Perry.

For better or worse, now that it's official, fans have to look to the future of the program that has had some success rebuilding for the past few years.

"All the winning Western has had in the past few years helps recruiting, but it also helps recruiting coaches," said WKU student and fan Tyler Lashbrook.

Lashbrook says if he doesn't follow Petrino to Louisville, offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm could be the first person WKU could look at to fill the vacancy.

"I think Jeff Brohm would be the primary candidate that people would want to have. At least he's been here for a year," said Lashbrook.

One WKU graduate and UofL fan says unlike many, he wasn't surprised Louisville offered Petrino, who just left the school in 2006 for the NFL, the chance to return.

"He was 41 and 9 at Louisville. That just says it all. He's a winner. As long as he can improve his off the field issues, then we've got a great coach," said Nivens.

It was the off-field issues that led to his firing at Arkansas, but another WKU student who also happens to be a UofL fan is ready to forgive him.

"Everyone makes mistakes. I think everybody deserves a second chance," said Lambert.

Some would say he was given a second chance at coaching at WKU, but now he'll have a second chance at Louisville too.

Petrino will now be responsible for leading the Cardinals into their first season in the ACC. He is expected to make an official announcement regarding his decision tomorrow.


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