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Conflicting reports: Petrino likely to become U of L football coach

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP and WDRB) --  A member of the Louisville board of trustees says Western Kentucky's Bobby Petrino has accepted an offer to be the Cardinals next head football coach.

However, Jonathan Blue tells WDRB's Eric Crawford, "I didn't confirm anything." He said he told the AP "if the choice is Petrino, I think it is a great one."

WDRB Sports reported previously that Petrino had told officials at Western Kentucky University that he was leaving WKU for the Louisville job.

Blue told The Associated Press Wednesday evening that it's a "done deal." Blue says the University of Louisville Athletic Association will meet Thursday morning and barring any unforeseen issues is expected to approve athletic director Tom Jurich's recommendation to have Petrino replace Charlie Strong, who accepted the Texas job over the weekend.

Petrino, 52, returns to the school he led to a 41-9 record from 2003-06 as a first-time head coach. He has an 83-30 career record as a college head coach, including an 8-4 mark last season with the Hilltoppers, his first position since his April 2012 firing by Arkansas amid scandal.

The athletic association meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday. A press conference is likely after the meeting.

WDRB Sports is pursuing several leads and will update this story as needed.  

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