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CRAWFORD | Morning update on the U of L coaching search

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Another day, and more twists (and Tweets) expected in the University of Louisville's search for a new football coach.

Where things stand as we start the day.

-- Bobby Petrino interviewed for the job on Tuesday. He stayed out of sight, though WDRB did spot his wife on campus. He is, sources tell WDRB, a finalist for the job.

-- He's under such heavy consideration, apparently, that his current employer, Western Kentucky University, has seen fit to talk about its head coaching job with former U of L quarterback (and offensive coordinator) Jeff Brohm.

-- ESPN's Brett McMurphy said Petrino was one of three finalists for the position, while multiple sources told WDRB that athletic director Tom Jurich was down to two. Regardless, one coach under consideration appears to be Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.

-- Louisville defensive coordinator reminded people via Twitter that he's still "in the hunt" for the U of L job.

-- Sources close to Petrino say one tidbit he pitched in his talks with U of L was bringing Randy Shannon, former Miami head coach, to U of L as an assistant coach. Shannon recruited many of the current U of L Florida natives in high school (and got commitments from Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers and others) before leaving Miami in 2010 with an NCAA investigation on the way.

-- Petrino also is said to be open to retaining U of L defensive line coach Clint Hurtt.

-- U of L announced this morning a 10 a.m. Thursday meeting of its Athletic Association Board. That meeting would ostensibly be for the purpose of approving a new coach. Notice to the media was sent around 10 a.m.

-- As of late Tuesday, WDRB could not confirm a final decision on any candidate.

-- Need more information? WDRB's weekly Sports Page Live webcast will have it. Beginning at 10:30 a.m., get the latest on U of L's coaching search, and more around the local sports world. Watch it live at, or catch it on demand later in the day.

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