Paul Petrino will not step down as Idaho’s head coach to become the offensive coordinator at Louisville and serve under his brother, Bobby. Petrino’s decision was reported on Twitter by Football Scoop.
It thus looks like Petrino will assume the role of the captain going down with his ship. Idaho learned earlier this month that its football team would no longer be part of the Sun Belt Conference once its membership contract expired at the end of 2017, meaning that it will either continue as an FBS independent or drop back down to FCS. Petrino has been with the Vandals for the past three seasons and has gone 6-29 (4-12 Sun Belt), and Idaho has not won a bowl game since the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl as a member of the WAC.
Yes, Petrino has worked with his brother before at Louisville, Arkansas and with the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, but he appears committed to sticking it out with Idaho while Louisville continues to look to replace Garrick McGee, who left Louisville this week to join Lovie Smith’s staff at Illinois. No matter how you spin it, that’s honorable on Petrino’s part.
Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates on Louisville’s search!