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U of L approves contract extension offer for Cardinal football coach Bobby Petrino

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After two seasons in his second stint as Louisville's head football coach, Bobby Petrino may be getting a new contract.

The University of Louisville Athletics Association board has approved the offer of a contract extension to football coach Bobby Petrino, but terms have not been disclosed because a new contract has not been agreed upon.

Petrino's original deal, with a base salary of $3 million annually plus incentives, was signed in 2014.

After the Cardinals finished 9-4 this past season, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said enhancing Petrino's contract would be a priority.

"I think he's done a great job and exceeded all my expectations from when I brought him back," Jurich said. ". . . I'm very pleased with the direction we're going and poised for a great future with him."

The original deal that Petrino signed in 2014 pays him $3.5 million per year over seven years, making $24.5 million total. His buyout for the first four years of that deal is $10 million, after which time it is set to go down.