Petrino focused on having Louisville ready for Big East

Originally Published: March 9, 2005
By Joe Bendel | Special to
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is not na´ve enough to believe that he can insulate his team from the external static that often permeates a program. So when his name is mentioned for other jobs, like the LSU position this past offseason, he simply tells his players to take it as a compliment and move on.

"I say it shows respect for how you all the play the game, it's about your accomplishments and the accomplishments of the assistant coaches here," Petrino said. "That's the right way to look at those things."

Bobby Petrino
Bobby Petrino plans on working on conditioning more than ever before to get Louisville ready for the Big East.
Petrino has done little wrong since he put his fingerprints on the Louisville program two years ago. The Cardinals, who open spring drills March 31, are coming off an 11-1 season (the only blemish was a 41-38 barn burner at Miami) and a No. 7 ranking in the final coaches' poll.