--By Jared Anderson
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Bobby Petrino has been fired as the head coach of Louisville. effective immediately.
Louisville is 2-8 this season and has lost seven in a row while remaining winless in the ACC. Petrino's buyout is approximately $14 million.
Since his return in 2014, Petrino was 1-11 vs Top 25 ranked opponents. He was 12 -21 against teams that finished that season with a winning record. He was 1-3 in bowl games with the only victory coming in the Music City Bowl against Texas A&M.
Louisville has given up 319 points in the past six games. They have allowed an average of 53.1 points per game this year (2nd closest is UConn at 47.9 points per game).
"We want to thank Bobby for guiding our football program to some of the better seasons we have had historicslly at UofL during his two separate tenures here," said Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra. "However, at this time we feel the program needs different leadership and we owe it to our student-athletes and fans to get this turned around. I did not have the confidence that it was going to happen next season without a change and it needs to start happening now. We expect to determine a new head coach soon to restore our football program to national prominence."
It has not been announced who will fill in as interim head coach to close out the season. Louisville's search for a new head coach has begun although nothing is expected to be announced until the conclusion of the 2018 season. Fans had voiced their opinion in favor of current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm.