FootballScoop.com has reported the Paul Petrino turned down the opportunity to become the offensive coordinator at UofL and re-join his brother Bobby with the Cards.
The news is unsurprising after the Vandals quadrupled their win total last year (to 4) and Paul is entering his 4th season as Head Coach in Moscow. Additionally Paul coached Wide Receivers with his brother at Arkansas & Louisville previously and Bobby’s son Nick assumed that role with UofL early in February.
Now Petrino must go outside of the 5 individuals that have either worked with him as a Offensive Coordinator or Quarterback coach during his time as a Head Coach. We’ve heard that Petrino and former Louisville Quarterback Stefan LeFors (currently head coach at Christian Academy) have spoken recently but elevating LeFors to position to Offensive Coordinator would be a HUGE leap for Stefan.
-If such a scenario did occur where LeFors joined Louisville’s staff it’s much more likely that offensive line coach Chris Klenakis would assume the role of Offensive Coordinator leaving Stefan to coach the Quarterbacks and grooming him to become a coordinator in college football at a later date.
-It’s more likely to me that Petrino would now go off the board and use his network to find someone who can teach the quarterback position to Lamar Jackson & Jawon Pass. Without knowing who Bobby Petrino collaborates with in the off-season it is very difficult to know which direction he may be looking. Chip Long at Memphis has been speculated, but he just joined that staff.
We will update this story with new information as it becomes available.