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Louisville hires former coach Bobby Petrino

Bobby Petrino coached Louisville from 2003 through ’06 before leaving for the Atlanta Falcons. (Garry Jones/AP) Bobby Petrino is 83-30 in nine seasons as a college football coach at WKU, Louisville and Arkansas.  (Garry Jones/AP)

Louisville hired Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino and he will be announced as their new head coach Thursday, reports ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy.

According to the report, Petrino accepted the job, but contract and buyout terms from Western Kentucky had not been finalized.

Petrino went 41-9 in four seasons at Louisville from 2003-06, leading the team to their first ever BCS Bowl game, a victory over Wake Forest in the 2007 Orange Bowl.

He went 8-4 in his first season at Western Kentucky.

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Petrino signed a four-year deal with Western Kentucky in December 2012, which included a base salary of $850,000 and a $1.2 million payment to the school if he left the school.

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