LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville fired football coach Steve
Kragthorpe after finishing the year at 4-8, the school's worst
season in more than a decade.
Athletic director Tom Jurich met with Kragthorpe Saturday
morning, hours after the Cardinals finished the season with a 34-14
loss to Rutgers.
Kragthorpe went 15-21 in three seasons after replacing Bobby
Petrino in January 2007. He had two years remaining on a contract
that paid him about $1.1 annually.
Jurich said a national search would begin immediately. The list
of candidates could include Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Florida
defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and former Tennessee coach
Louisville failed to make a bowl game in any of Kragthorpe's
three years. The Cardinals went 5-16 in the Big East during his
stay while fan support eroded.