Now that we know who is going to be taking over the Louisville football program, the question now is who else will be on the staff. During Bobby Petrino’s first tenure at Louisville he had a mixture of coaches on the staff over the four year period.
Plenty of guys followed Bobby during his stints with the Atlanta Falcons, Arkansas and most recently Western Kentucky. Jeff Brohm worked as the quarterbacks coach during the first Petrino era and had wound up back with Bobby at WKU as the offensive coordinator. The thought of Brohm joining Petrino once again is exciting; however it appears that Jeff will be taking over for the Hilltoppers.
Earlier on Wednesday, we brought up the recent reports of former Miami head coach Randy Shannon potentially joining the Louisville staff as the defensive coordinator. Unfortunately, it appears that the Shannon didn’t end up having a whole lot of interest in joining Petrino. Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik has been mentioned as well, but I’ve not heard from anyone close to the situation that he’s seriously in the mix.
Although it’s not official, it does appear that Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt will be retained. This is huge, in my opinion. Not only will hurt keep the pipeline from Florida, but he’ll also play a big role with the returning players getting acclimated to the new coaching staff.
Charlie Strong hasn’t announced his entire staff at Texas yet and there may be a handful of guys other than Jean-Mary, Bedford and Dugans that join Strong in Austin. Special Teams coach Kenny Carter may be one of those guys. It’s being reported that former Louisville head coach John L. Smith may come back and take over at special teams. Smith worked as the special teams coach for Petrino while he was at Arkansas and took over for one year when Petrino was asked to resign. He is currently the head coach at Fort Lewis College in Durang, CO.
A couple of former Louisville players are also expected to join the staff as well. Petrino hired former Cardinal running back Kolby Smith when he got the job at WKU as the running backs coach. He’s expected to have that same role at Louisville. Smith was a graduate assistant for one season at Arkansas after spending three seasons in the NFL.
Former Louisville defensive lineman L.D. Scott will be the defensive ends coach for Petrino. Scott began his coaching career as a defensive line coach with Seneca High School in Louisville in 2010, before making the move to Arkansas under Petrino in January of 2011 as a graduate assistant. He then went on to serve as the defensive ends coach at WKU. Scott is married to Petrino’s daughter.
Former Miami Hurricane and NFL wide receiver Lamar Thomas joined Petrino’s staff at WKU last season and is rumored to be coming to Louisville as the wide receivers coach. Thomas is expected to help the recruiting ties in South Florida.
Bobby Petrino will be introduced at 10:30 AM Thursday morning. I expect it’ll take at least a week or two before the full staff is officially announced.