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Louisville has interest in Pat Narduzzi, Bobby Petrino for coach

Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi (right) with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. (USATSI)
Michigan State DC Pat Narduzzi (right) with Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini. (USATSI)

Louisville has shown interest in Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to replace Charlie Strong as head coach, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

The Cardinals have reached out to the appropriate parties to inquire about this year's Broyles Award winner. No coordinator had a better year than Narduzzi, whose spirited defense led the Spartans' charge through the Rose Bowl for a 13-1 season.

Narduzzi interviewed for the UConn job last month.

Louisville is believed to have five finalists, including holdover offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford from the staff of Strong, who is now at Texas.

Another candidate is Western Kentucky's Bobby Petrino. A source close to Petrino said the former Cardinals coach is believed to be squarely in the mix. The Associated Press and ESPN reported that Petrino has interviewed with Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich.

USA Today reported Tuesday that WKU is talking with offensive coordinator Jeff Brohm as a contingency plan in case Petrino leaves for another job.

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