As expected, Louisville’s search to replace Bobby Petrino appears destined to be short and narrowly focused.
Tulsa’s Steve Kragthorpe is the choice, according to a source close to the negotiations. Pending a formal agreement and finalized details, he will be named this week.
Officials at both schools declined comment, but Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich is expected to fly to Tulsa Tuesday to meet with Kragthorpe. Jurich spent part of Monday afternoon meeting with the Louisville team and told the players they should expect to have a new coach quickly.
That will be important in Louisville’s efforts to keep two star juniors, quarterback Brian Brohm and running back Michael Bush, for one more year. Both are weighing decisions on whether to enter the NFL draft and could make announcements this week.
Another factor in the timing is recruiting. The Cardinals are expecting to have a large number of recruits on campus this weekend to attend the Louisville-Providence basketball game on Saturday, and they’d obviously like to have Kragthorpe signed, sealed and delivered in time to meet the recruits.
Jurich also met Monday morning with Bobby Petrino’s brother, Paul, the Cardinals’ offensive coordinator. Paul Petrino is not believed to be a candidate for the job, if only because of his family ties to the guy who just walked out with nine years left on a contract he signed in August.
If you remember back when Tommy Tuberville was nearly forcefully removed by Auburn for Bobby Petrino, the name on the list to replace Petrino at Louisville was Kragthorpe. So this comes as no real big surprise to anyone that he is the only candidate on the list.
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