Bobby Petrino has been fired as the University of Louisville football head coach, Vice-President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra announced Sunday morning.
“We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historically at UofL during his two separate tenures here,” Tyra said in a release. “However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around.”
“I did not have the confidence that it was going to happen next season without a change and it needs to start happening now. We expect to determine a new head coach soon to restore our football program to national prominence.”
Tyra confirmed that associate head coach Lorenzo Ward will serve as interim coach.
In nine years at Louisville, Petrino posted a 77-35 record, including a 21-18 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Petrino directed the program to eight winning seasons, tying the school record for wins in 2006 with a 12-1 mark.
Petrino had two different stints with the Cardinals. He produced a 41-9 record during his first term from 2003-06, returning to Louisville in 2014 after an 8-4 season at Western Kentucky to amass a 36-26 record.
In 14 seasons as a college head coach, with stops at Louisville, Arkansas (2008-11), and Western Kentucky (2013), Petrino compiled an overall mark of 119-56.
With two games remaining against NC State and rival Kentucky, the Cardinals are 2-8 overall and are last in the ACC with an 0-7 record.
A national search for the next coach at Louisville will begin immediately, with speculation that the school will target former Louisville player/assistant, former WKU head coach, and current Purdue coach Jeff Brohm.