Petrino’s recent run has included an epic drubbing at the hands

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To no surprise Qadree Ollison Atlanta Falcons Jersey , Louisville is firing football coach Bobby Petrino, Yahoo Sports was first to report on Sunday. An ugly season had only gotten uglier lately. of Clemson in Week 10, which dropped the Cardinals to 2-7. They gave up 77 points and nearly 12 yards per play, somehow looking even worse than they were supposed to against a title contender. Then, they gave up 54 points in a loss to Syracuse, which doesn’t sound as bad as a 37-7 halftime score really made it.So ends the 57-year-old’s long, winding history with the school, unless Louisville decides to hire him again in six or seven years, which nobody should rule out. There’s one exceedingly obvious replacement candidate: Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, a former Cardinals QB and assistant. A lot of buzz surrounded Brohm even before the firing, and it’ll ramp up now.There are more pros than cons. The simplest reason to pick Brohm is that he’s quickly turned around both WKU and Purdue, and he’s even replaced Petrino before: Meanwhile Youth Qadree Ollison Jersey , Brohm’s beaten the brakes off Ohio State and made the Boilers into one of the most flowing, exciting offenses in the Big Ten. He consistently makes offenses good when he shows up somewhere, and WKU’s floundered since his exit. Brohm’s a lot like Petrino, except earlier in his career and without Petrino’s long trail of shenanigans. I don’t think Louisville AD Vince Tyra should overthink his top choice. Brohm’s buyout to leave Purdue is $4.4 million before Dec. 5 and $3.3 million after it, so the Cardinals would probably rather wait bring him onboard. That’s because getting rid of Petrino won’t be cheap. Firing Petrino will cost Louisville a lot, because while the Cardinals prepared for him to leave, they didn’t really prepare to have to fire him. Petrino’s exact buyout amount depends on some unsettled variables, but it’s likely to settle at about $14 million. Former Cards athletic director Tom Jurich gave him a fat extension in the spring of 2016, before Jackson lifted off to the Heisman. The contract, a copy of which SB Nation reviewed, had detailed provisions designed to keep Petrino from doing what he’s always done: leaving for another job. It had a clause that said Petrino and his agent couldn’t even backchannel for other jobs while he worked for Louisville. It had huge buyout amounts that other schools would have to pay to hire him away. And those buyout amounts would go down by half if Jurich was no longer AD. And he now isn’t, having been fired amid the FBI’s college basketball corruption investigation. The contract was designed to do its own PR Black Desmond Trufant Jersey , making clear that Petrino and Jurich were betting on each other and their futures being at Louisville: There’s never a good time for a school to pay a coach $14 million not to work, even before considering whatever the next coaching staff and various assistant buyouts will cost. But this is an extra bad time for Louisville, which is in a legal battle with ex-basketball coach Rick Pitino over his $37 million buyout and might be on bad terms with mega-donor Papa John, whose name came off the football stadium after he got caught saying the N word. Petrino started his journey as Louisville’s head coach in 2003. A lot’s happened, as he’s built a rep as one of the sport’s least reliable employees. He went 29-8 in his first three years, then signed a 10-year contract before the 2006 season. He talked like a man who wasn’t going anywhere, saying Louisville was “where my family wants to be and where I want to be.” Then he left less than a year later, parlaying a 12-1 year into the Atlanta Falcons’ head coaching gig. He in turn left that job after less than a year to take over at Arkansas. Four seasons and one motor cycle crash alongside a mistress that Petrino later lied about, Arkansas fired him. He took a year off, went to Western Kentucky for one year, and reassumed his old job at Louisville when the Cardinals wanted a proven winner to replace Charlie Strong, who’d just left for Texas. Petrino lasted five seasons in his second go-around at Louisville Desmond Trufant Jersey 2019 , topping out at nine wins. He signed Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, and then his offense fell off a cliff the year after Jackson left for the NFL. His latest Louisville spell also included the Cardinals getting in some trouble for receiving confidential Wake Forest game plan documents in 2016, as part of #Wakeyleaks. Petrino usually doesn’t leave programs better than he found them. He’s not here. Louisville’s recruiting class for 2019 is well off the Cards’ standard and will be hard to salvage. Petrino’s out because Louisville didn’t capitalize on having Jackson and didn’t stay afloat once he left. Louisville was an ACC Atlantic contender in 2016, but a devastating loss at Clemson in Week 5 prevented the Cardinals from winning the division. They later lost games to Houston and Kentucky, then got crushed by LSU in the Citrus Bowl. They lost five games in 2017, despite Jackson playing at a level not far off his Heisman pace from the year prior. The end result: Louisville had two years starting a Heisman QB, and the Cardinals lost nine games in those two years. In 2018, Petrino’s looked bad. Fans have regularly remarked he’s looked disinterested. The team hasn’t been competitive most of the time. Against Florida State, he flipped an almost certain win into a loss by making one of the year’s most confounding play calls. Louisville wasn’t supposed to be great without Jackson. It also wasn’t supposed to be one of the worst teams in Power 5 and, really, the country. But that’s what the program became. The Latest on the NFL playoffs on divisional weekend (all times EST): 9:45 p.m. Tom Brady has his second touchdown pass of the game, connecting with Chris Hogan from 4 yards to give the Patriots a 21-7 lead with under two minutes left in the first half. After punting on its first two possessions and falling behind 7-0 Black Damontae Kazee Jersey , New England scored on three straight drives to pull away. It’s the 21st time in his career that Brady has thrown for two or more TDs in a postseason game. That extends his own NFL record. – Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts. — 9:25 p.m. James White has made it 14-7 for the Patriots with his second touchdown of the game. White ran it in from 6 yards midway through the second quarter, carrying a tackler over the goal line just inside the pylon to give New England its first lead of the game. White also scored early in the quarter on a 5-yard pass that was essentially a handoff. White had three TDs in the Patriots’ previous playoff game – the victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl. White had one TD receiving in that game and two running, including the game-winner in overtime. – Jimmy Golen reporting from Foxborough, Massachusetts. — 9 p.m. The Patriots have quickly tied their AFC divisional playoff game against the Tennessee Titans. Tom Brady threw a short shuttle pass to James White, who ran it in from the 5-yard line to make it 7-7 early in the second quarter. The Patriots appeared to have a touchdown three plays earlier, when Dion Lewis caught a pass from Brady and was tackled by Wesley Woodyard at the 19. Lewis landed on top of the defender, then got up and continued to the end zone. The officials initially ruled that he had never been down and called it a touchdown. But replays showed Lewis’ butt hit the ground at the 19. — 8:50 p.m. The Tennessee Titans have opened the scoring in their AFC divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots. Corey Davis made a one-handed catch on a 15-yard pass from Marcus Mariota in the corner of the end zone to give the Titans a 7-0 lead with 1:14 left in the first quarter. The Patriots were 13-point favorites at home. They punted on their first two offensive possessions. — 8:45 p.m. Titans tackle Jack Conklin was slow to get up after a second down running play in the first quarter. Patriots lineman Malcom Brown appeared to roll on his leg. Conklin walked off to the locker room. Conklin was a first-round pick the Titans acquired after trading away the No. 1 overall pick to the Rams in 2016. He was an All-Pro as a rookie in 2016. — 7:55 p.m. Philadelphia’s defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 to move into the NFC championship game. Despite being underdogs as the No. 1 seed, the Eagles (14-3) showed plenty of moxie in the tightest spots of the fourth quarter. They stopped sixth-seeded Atlanta (11-7) after it got to the 9 with a first down, and then on fourth down from the 2 when Matt Ryan’s pass sailed over Julio Jones’ head in the end zone. It was the first playoff win for Philadelphia since the 2008 season, and they will host either Minnesota or New Orleans for the conference title next Sunday. The Falcons, who so memorably blew a 28-3 second-half lead in last year’s Super Bowl Damontae Kazee Jersey 2019 , won’t get a chance to atone for that defeat. — 7:20 p.m. Jake Elliott kicked a 21-yard field goal to extend Philadelphia’s lead to 15-10 over the Falcons with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter. Nick Foles completed a pair of third down passes to extend the drive and coach Doug Pederson called a timeout on fourth-and-1 from the 3 before electing to let Elliott kick the field goal. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 6:55 p.m. Jake Elliott kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Eagles a 12-10 lead over the Falcons late in the third quarter. Nick Foles completed three passes to Alshon Jeffery for 46 yards on the drive, including a 21-yard gain on third-and-8 to extend it. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 6:10 p.m. Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott kicked a 53-yard field goal at the end of the first half to cut Atlanta’s lead to 10-9. Nick Foles completed a 15-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery with 1 second remaining to set up the field goal. Elliott missed an extra point earlier in the quarter. The Falcons will receive the kickoff to start the third quarter. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 5:45 p.m. Matt Ryan tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Devonta Freeman to give the Atlanta Falcons a 10-6 lead over the Eagles with 5:41 left in the second quarter. The Falcons took over at the Eagles 18 after a short punt hit a Philadelphia player in a crowd and was recovered by LaRoy Reynolds. The Eagles then committed a pair of penalties to move the ball to the 8. On third down from the 6, Ryan escaped a sack, stepped up and tossed a pass to Freeman in the end zone. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 5:25 p.m. LeGarrette Blount ran in from the 1 on fourth down to give the Eagles a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor ran 21 yards on an inside counter on third-and-3 to the Falcons 3. Nick Foles recovered a fumble two plays later and initially had a touchdown, but then a review showed he was down at the 1. Blount took a pitch and scored on the next play. Jake Elliott hit the left upright on the extra point. The 86-yard drive took 14 plays and 6:44. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 4:47 p.m. Matt Bryant kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead after Eagles running back Jay Ajayi fumbled on the opening possession. Nick Foles underthrew Torrey Smith on the first play from scrimmage but Brian Poole was called for a 42-yard pass interference penalty to put the Eagles at the Atlanta 33. Ricardo Allen forced Ajayi to fumble on the next play and Matt Ryan drove the Falcons 59 yards into field-goal range. It was Ajayi’s second fumble in two games. – Rob Maaddi reporting in Philadelphia. — 3:45 p.m. The NFL divisional playoffs kick off Saturday with a doubleheader starting in Philadelphia where the Eagles (13-3) are the first No. 1 seed to enter their first postseason game as an underdog against the Atlanta Falcons. The sixth-seeded Falcons (11-6) beat the Los Angeles Rams 26-13 in a wild-card game last week, slightly erasing the sting of their Super Bowl loss to New England. Atlanta is a 3-point favorite because Philadelphia is missing MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Nick Foles makes his fourth start. The nightcap features the AFC’s top seed, the New England Patriots (13-3), and the No. 5 seed Tennessee Titans (10-7) at Foxborough, Massachusetts. If Philadelphia wins, it will host the New Orleans-Minnesota winner next Sunday. If Atlanta wins, it will play the NFC championship game on the road at the Saints or Vikings. The Titans-Patriots winner will play the Jaguars-Steelers winner next Sunday in the AFC title game. —

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