Jan. 01, 2005
SportsLine.com wire reports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino withdrew from consideration for the job at LSU on Saturday.

He met with LSU officials during the week about replacing Nick Saban, who is leaving the Tigers for the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Arkansas coach Houston Nutt pulled out of contention for the LSU job Thursday.

"LSU has a tradition-rich program with much to offer, but as I reflect on what we've accomplished in a short time here at Louisville, we're on the brink of establishing a great program that will compete for a national championship," Petrino said in a statement. "I want to be the coach who sees that through."

He coached No. 7 Louisville to a 44-40 victory over No. 10 Boise State in the Liberty Bowl on Friday. Louisville recently gave Petrino a raise from $550,000 to $1 million a season, plus incentive clauses.

LSU had no immediate comment on Petrino's statement, spokesman Michael Bonnette said at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., where the Tigers faced Iowa.

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