U of L head coach Bobby Petrino during the 2004 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
Jan. 1, 2005
University of Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino:
"I have chosen to remain as the football coach at the University of Louisville, withdrawing my name from consideration at LSU. LSU has a tradition-rich program with much to offer, but as I reflect on what we've accomplished in a short time here at Louisville, we're on the brink of establishing a great program that will compete for a national championship. I want to be the coach who sees that through."
"I know I have caused great consternation for Tom Jurich and created additional confusion for our passionate and loyal fans. That was never my intention. Tom's generous contract extension last week showed his commitment to me and my family as well as this program. For that, I'm grateful."
"I apologize for this confusion over my job status this past week and I
ask for your continued support for our players, this staff and this
University as we build this football program into a national power."