Bobby Petrino is leaving Western Kentucky for Louisville.
A source confirmed Wednesday that Petrino has accepted an offer to become the coach at Louisville. Former Louisville coach Charlie Strong left to coach at Texas last week.
An official announcement could come as early as Thursday morning. U of L's Athletic Association is scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. CST to review Jurich’s recommendation for the position.
WKU offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm is a likely successor and the source said a new coach could be named in the next couple of days.
Petrino’s four-year contract with WKU states that if he leaves for another school, he must make his “best efforts” to schedule a two-year, home-and-home series (one game at the new school, one at WKU) with the Hilltoppers. Petrino’s base salary at WKU is $850,000, and his contract buyout with WKU is $1.2 million. Petrino is entering his second season at WKU after guiding the Hilltoppers to an 8-4 record and third-place finish in the program’s final year as a member of the Sun Belt Conference.
Petrino was hired Dec. 10, 2012, to replace Willie Taggart. The 52-year-old former coach of the Atlanta Falcons and University of Arkansas coached at Louisville from 2003-06, going 41-9 with a win in the 2006 Orange Bowl.
In Petrino's first year with WKU, the Tops set a school record for wins – eight – in a Football Bowl Subdivision season, offensive yards with 5,502 and average attendance of 18,334. Quarterback Brandon Doughty, a rising senior this season, set a program record with 2,737 passing yards and a completion percentage of 65.7. Graduated senior Antonio Andrews set school records for rushing yards in a single season (1,764) and led the nation in all-purpose yards (2,619).