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I want to start by saying this article, in no way, is saying that Bobby will not be the coach next season. I have written numerous times that I believe Bobby will not be fired unless Louisville doesn’t win 4 games and a donor makes a major donation to put towards his buyout. Otherwise, Bobby is the coach for next season.
However, I have been asked so many times who I thought would be the coach if Bobby was relieved of his duties, that it is so apparent you guys want to discuss this, so I will indulge with the understanding that I believe Bobby will still be the coach – making this article pointless. Nonetheless, here goes…
Current Head Coaches
(In no particular order)
Jeff Brohm – Some people say the list starts and ends here. Well, I agree it should start here but Vince must do his due diligence and talk to as many coaches as possible to see if there is a better option. It’s going to be tough to find a better fit. A Louisville alum, Louisville born and raised and a fan favorite. Under Brohm, Purdue is currently ranked 10th in total offense, averaging 510 yards per game and 7 yards per play. I think those numbers could be better at Louisville because Louisville has better talent than Purdue.
Mike Norvell – The current Memphis coach is the 2nd youngest FBS coach. He is a guy that could have success at Louisville and never leave. His Memphis team currently ranks 7h in total offense, averaging 539 yards per game and over 8 yards per play. I know that is against lesser opponents but still very impressive and exciting to watch.
Neal Brown – The head man at Troy seems to be primed to move to a bigger job but the fact that he was an assistant at Kentucky could be very unpopular with most Cardinal fans.
Dave Aranda – defensive coordinator and an assistant head coach at LSU, Aranada will get a shot sooner or later. He was amazing at Wisconsin where, over his 3 years there, his defenses ranked No. 1 nationally in total defense, No. 2 in scoring defense, No. 3 in pass defense and No. 4 in run defense. That’s why he is a top paid assistant making $2 million a year. It’s going to take a lot of money to get him away from LSU but he is an option Louisville must explore.
Brent Venables – The Clemson defensive coordinator signed a 5 year 11.6 million dollar contact in July. It’n not likely he leaves Clemson but you have to at least ask – because he is that good.
Ryan Day – Day is a guy that needs to get a serious look. He is the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State. He has coached at Boston College, Florida, Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Fransisco 49ers. He has 17 years of coaching experience and I believe it’s time for him to become a head coach. I think he would fit nicely at Louisville.
There are so many more names that I could add to this list but I think I’ve given you enough to discuss amongst yourselves. Don’t be mad at me if Bobby Petrino is your head coach next season. I believe he will be asked to make a few coaching staff changes to retain his job. He will make the necessary changes and remain the head coach at Louisville. Like it or not, I believe that’s how it plays out. Regardless, I will support my Cards.
As Always, GO CARDS!