Louisville fired head coach Bobby Petrino. Who are the five top replacement options to take over?
First, Louisville was freaking out that it would lose Bobby Petrino. Now, it wants to pay him around $15 million to leave.
The guy had one really, really, really bad season, and now he’s launched. Forget that his team won a share of the Atlantic in 2016, and that he won 34 games in four seasons and cranked up an offense that led to Lamar Jackson winning the Heisman.
2-8. Miserable defense. No hope for anything fun. One bad season – a total career aberration – and he’s out.
So what’s next? What does Louisville go from here to get the right guy to make the program a true player in a division with Clemson and Florida State?
Here are the five first-look options the program has to at least think about.
5. Seth Littrell, North Texas head coach
Get ready for him to be higher on the short list for the North Carolina gig – if the Tar Heels choose to move on from the Larry Fedora experience.
The 40-year-old turned North Texas into a Conference USA player almost immediately, getting the program to a bowl game – thanks to the APR – in his first season, and then he took the offense up a whole other level over the last two seasons, winning the West last year.
His team hasn’t quite been up to snuff this season, even with a 7-3 record – really, North Texas? A loss to Old Dominion? – but the offense continues to be fantastic, and he’s about to be headed for a next-step-up gig fast.
He might not be a big enough name for Louisville fans, but get him, and you’re in on the one of the next big head coaches early. Just like …