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College football: Louisville fires coach Bobby Petrino

College football: Louisville fires coach Bobby Petrino
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino watches a replay on the video board during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia Tech in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 5. (Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press)

Louisville has fired coach Bobby Petrino with two games left in a spiraling season that includes five blowout losses in which the Cardinals allowed at least 50 points.

The school announced Petrino's dismissal Sunday morning with a statement from athletic director Vince Tyra, who said he “did not have the confidence” the coach could turn things around next season. The change “needs to start happening now.” Tyra said a new head coach would be chosen soon to “restore our football program to national prominence.”

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A news conference was scheduled for Sunday afternoon.

Louisville (2-8) lost 54-23 at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday night, dropping to 0-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.

Petrino departs with a 77-35 mark in two stints with Louisville.

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