The Louisville Cardinals are currently in the middle of a rather historic scandal on the college basketball side of things. However, its impact might soon be felt in the land of college football.
According to a report revealed by WDRB-TV in late February of 2014, Bobby Petrino has a buyout that would be $8.5 million if he were to leave the school between now and the end of 2018. It would then drop to $7 million in 2019, and $5 million after that.
That's the logistics of what it seems like. That being said, the buyout number would be split in half if at any point if athletic director Tom Jurich were to leave his post as athletic director and Petrino remained as head football coach.
On Wednesday, Tom Jurich was suspended with pay. He is expected to be fired, though nothing official has happened yet.
We are currently unaware if the matter in which Tom Jurich leaves his post matters at all. There could be some semantics tied into Bobby Petrino having that sweet buyout thing in his contract. There could be some provision that prevents that spitting of the buyout to happen if Jurich were forced out. But again, no one yet knows that part.
For those living under a rock for the last few days, Louisville has been named by the FBI as a program under investigation, which has forced the university to effectively fire Rick Pitino. Two basketball players have already decided to not honor their commitments, electing to get out of dodge before dodge gets blown to bits by the FBI and the NCAA.
As for Bobby Petrino, he better keep winning. He doesn't exactly rub everyone as a guy doing it the right way himself.