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Kragthorpe Fired; Search Underway For Successor

A national search is underway for a new football coach at the University of Louisville.The school is looking to replace Steve Kragthorpe , who was fired Saturday morning.Kragthorpe compiled a 15-21 record during his three seasons in Louisville. The Cards finished 4-8 this year, with a Big East record of 1-6. The calls to replace Kragthorpe grew louder this season as the losses mounted and attendance at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium dropped.

U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich says he has several candidates in mind to replace Kragthorpe, but has not set a deadline to have someone in place."The one thing i won't do is I won't intrude on anyone that's playing right now. I don't want to be an obstruction to anyone's season, a distraction," Jurich said.The list of potential successors includes Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, former Tennessee coach Philip Fulmer and former Clemson coach Tommy Bowden.Jurich says U of L will honor the final two years of Kragthorpe's contract, which paid him $1.2 million annually.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.