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Tulsa's Kragthorpe to succeed Petrino at Louisville


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. ? (AP) ? Louisville will hire Tulsa coach Steve Kragthorpe to replace Bobby Petrino on Tuesday, according to an official close to the negotiations.


Kragthorpe and Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich agreed on a five-year deal that will pay Kragthorpe $1.1 million a year, said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been completed.


A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to announce the hiring. The Louisville Athletic Association Board of Directors will meet in the afternoon to vote on the deal. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.


Kragthorpe went 29-22 in four seasons at Tulsa, winning the Conference USA title in 2005. The Cardinals went 12-1 in 2006, won the Big East and the Orange Bowl and finished sixth in the final AP poll. Petrino resigned on Sunday night to coach the Atlanta Falcons.



Nice pick up by the Cardinals....they needed to act fast since this is the first full hands on weekend in recruiting...

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