Atlanta, GA (WVLT) - Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has agreed to become the new coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
He moves to the NFL less than a week after Jim Mora's firing.
Petrino is leaving the college game after guiding the Cardinals to a 12-and-1 season, including a 24-to-13 win over Wake Forest on Tuesday night in the Orange Bowl.
Petrino says he's leaving for what he called "the best job in the NFL."
The falcons have missed the playoffs two straight years, going 7-and-9 this season.
Petrino had a 41-and-9 record in four years at Louisville, including four bowl trips.
He had just completed the first year of a ten-year, $25 Million-dollar contract.
Reportedly his new deal is for five years and $24 Million.
A formal announcement was expected today.
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