Tyra: I Called An Audible On Petrino Firing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville's athletic director says he called an audible on the firing of Bobby Petrino.

Vince Tyra says he was still content on making a decision on Petrino's future at the end of the season but says Friday night's Syracuse loss forced a change in his plans calling the move "the right decision for the program."

Tyra says while he weighed the financials, namely Petrino's $14 million buyout, it was the team's performance on the field the last two weeks in road blowouts against Clemson and Syracuse.

Moving forward,  Lorenzo Ward will serve as the interim head coach for the final two games of the season against N.C. State this weekend and Kentucky the following Saturday.

Along with Petrino, Tyra also fired L.D. Scott, Nick Petrino and Ryan Beard along with football operations director Andy Wagner. Scott, Petrino and Beard are all family members of Bobby Petrino who Tyra felt would be a distraction staying with the program.

As for who's next, Tyra says he's heard the fan's call for current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm but says he's planning on taking his time and finding the right fit for the program going forward, adding that despite his ties to Louisville "that doesn't mean he wants to be here."

Tyra does not have a timetable for a hire saying only "we've just got to find that right person."

 

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