Louisville's Petrino says he won't jump to NFL

Updated: January 20, 2006, 8:25 PM ET
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Bobby Petrino has been linked with the Raiders opening as a possible candidate, but the Louisville coach said Wednesday night that he's staying with the Cardinals.

"I understand my name is being mentioned in connection with job openings in the National Football League, but I want to reiterate my commitment to the University of Louisville, our players and all of our Cardinal fans. The University of Louisville has been great for me, and family and I'm committed to fulifilling our goal of taking the program to the next level," Petrino said in a statement after finishing a recruiting trip for the school.

The Oakland Tribune reported that Petrino was in Oakland on Tuesday night to talk with the Raiders about replacing Norv Turner as coach.

However, a Raiders official told the Contra Costa Times that he couldn't confirm whether Petrino was at the team's offices on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Petrino has compiled a 29-8 record in three seasons as Louisville's coach.