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  • Fred the Bunny
    Originally posted by Charlie Brown
    OOH, a college coach. The Falcons seemed to me like the team that would do something like that.

    I can't wait for this Petrino to leave the Falcons in ruin
    Falcons are already in ruins. What are you talking about?

    THIS Petrino is one of the MOST sought after coaches out there.
    Check him out first, give him a chance prior to making judgements.
    He's got a great record.

    I'm not happy about the move, but it's what he wants to do.
    To me, it seems that Atlanta will be doing far better with him than with what they had.

    He got us to a bowl.

    I just hope we can replace him...or at least try.

    Go CARDS!

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  • DrunkPanda
    rofl. mora was only kidding huh? that was a funny joke....

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  • Charlie Brown
    OOH, a college coach. The Falcons seemed to me like the team that would do something like that.

    I can't wait for this Petrino to leave the Falcons in ruin

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  • Marshall#15
    I was just about to start a thread about that.

    Falcons hire Louisville's Petrino as coach wire reports

    ATLANTA (Jan. 7, 2007) -- Louisville coach Bobby Petrino agreed Sunday to become the new coach of the Atlanta Falcons, moving to the NFL less than a week after Jim Mora's firing.

    Kenny Klein, the sports information director at Louisville, said Petrino was leaving for Atlanta after guiding the Cardinals to a 12-1 season, capped by a 24-13 victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night in the Orange Bowl.

    Petrino met with his Louisville players Sunday night to let them know he was going to Atlanta. The Falcons planned a formal announcement Monday.

    Bobby Petrino is back in the NFL after leaving for the college game in 2002.
    Petrino had a 41-9 record in four years at Louisville, leading the school to the Big East title and its first Bowl Championship Series victory in the Orange. He had just completed the first year of a 10-year, $25 million contract.

    The Falcons moved quickly to replace Mora, who was fired just two years after leading Atlanta to the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons missed the playoffs the past two years, going 7-9 this season.

    Petrino's previous NFL experience includes three years with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including two seasons as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2001. He then moved back to the college ranks, taking over as Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2002 before heading to Louisville.

    "Nobody thought this would happen, but nobody's complaining about it," Cardinals defensive lineman Earl Heyman said. "You can't fault him considering what he's done for this program."

    Petrino led the Cardinals to the Conference USA title in 2004, their final year in that league. Louisville claimed its first BCS appearance this season by winning the Big East.

    Petrino's name repeatedly came up for other coaching vacancies, including an embarrassing episode in which Auburn set up a clandestine interview while Tommy Tuberville was still the Tigers' coach.

    Louisville twice renegotiated Petrino's contract, giving him hefty raises in hopes of keeping him.

    The Falcons spent the past several days interviewing NFL assistants, including Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary.

    But owner Arthur Blank, who was aided in the search by general manager Rich McKay, decided to go with an established head coach instead of following the same course he did in 2004.

    Mora was the 49ers' defensive coordinator when he was hired by the Falcons, and he got off to a rousing start. Atlanta won the NFC South and came up one win short of the Super Bowl, losing at Philadelphia for the conference title.

    After a 6-2 start the following year, the Falcons lost six of their last eight games to miss the playoffs and keep alive the franchise's streak of never having two straight winning seasons.

    Atlanta followed a similar path this year, starting out 5-2 before losing seven of nine -- including its last four home games.

    That didn't go over well with Blank, who has spent lavishly to build a perennial playoff contender. The hands-on owner also was bothered by several off-the-field incidents, most notably a radio interview late this season in which Mora said his dream job was to coach at the University of Washington, his alma mater.

    Mora said he was only kidding, but had to apologize after being summoned to Blank's office.

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  • LordTrychon
    When I heard, I called my friend FredtheBunny...

    She's less than happy.

    (Huge Louisville fan)

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  • The Hamburgler
    started a topic Bobby Petrino

    Bobby Petrino

    IS the new head coach of atlanta