July 13, 2006
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville head football coach Bobby Petrino has agreed to a new 10-year contract will extend through the 2015 season. The announcement was made following a meeting of the U of L Athletic Association Board of Directors today at Grawemeyer Hall on the U of L campus.
U of L had previously enhanced Petrino's contract on December 21, 2004, which boosted his association with the U of L program through the 2010 season. The recent enhancements provide increases in his salary, achievement bonuses and completion bonuses for the remaining of the agreement.
"Bobby Petrino is one of the finest football coaches in the nation and we feel the future is so bright for this program," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich. " I felt it was important to get him near the top nationally in terms of compensation with some of the top coaches in the country. The job that Bobby has done is second to none. I love stability and puts him in position to be here for a very long time."
Petrino, whose 2005 team posted a 9-3 record and an appearance in the 2006 Toyota Gator Bowl, guided the Cardinals to its third straight nine-win campaign and the Cardinals were ranked in the top 20 in the nation for the second straight season.
"I would like to extend my appreciation to Dr. James Ramsey and Tom Jurich for their commitment to the University of Louisville, the Cardinal football program and to me and my family," said Petrino. "The past three seasons have been a tremendous opportunity for me to grow as a head coach. I have learned many lessons both on and off the field and experienced success thanks to the administration, the University of Louisville and the greater Louisville community. The commitment the University has made today will allow me and my staff the opportunity to build this program, develop student-athletes both academically and on the football field as we continue our quest to be a BIG EAST champion and national championship contender."
Last season, the Cardinals first in the BIG EAST Conference, Petrino guided quarterback Brian Brohm to first team All-BIG EAST honors and was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while defensive end Elvis Dumervil was tabbed as the league's top defensive player and a consensus All-American. Stefan LeFors was the Conference USA Offensive Player under Petrino in 2004.
During his three-year tenure at Louisville, Petrino has led the Cardinals to an overall record of 29-8, three straight bowl game appearances, a Conference USA title and the school's No. 7 ranking in 2004, the highest in school history. He was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year during that season.
Petrino, 45, has been widely regarded as one of the top offensive head coaches in the country. The Cardinals have finished in the top 10 nationally in total offense for three straight seasons, including leading the country in 2004. Petrino's high-octane and wide-open offense also led the country in scoring in 2004 and also set an NCAA record for scoring 55 or more points in five straight games.
In the classroom, the Cardinals had 37 student-athlete's record a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in 2005 and the Cardinals had 10 players named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Petrino has also guided the program to its highest team GPA ever during the 2005 spring semester.