Louisville's Bobby Petrino, who has been mentioned as a candidate for several major coaching jobs in the last month and recently signed a new contract to remain with the Cardinals, has met with LSU to discuss its coaching vacancy.
LSU asked for and received permission in recent days to speak with Petrino, ESPN.com's Pat Forde reported reported Monday and the school confirmed Tuesday.
Sources have told Forde that if LSU were to make an offer to Petrino, it would not do so until after Louisville played Boise State (11-0) in the Liberty Bowl on New Year's Eve. Petrino was expected to address LSU's courtship of him after practice Tuesday afternoon.
The Tigers' job came open when Nick Saban announced Saturday he had accepted the Miami Dolphins' offer to become their coach. Saban signed his five-year contract on Monday.
Oklahoma State coach Les Miles also is believed to be a candidate for the LSU job. Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, thought to be a candidate, agreed in principle to a new seven-year deal with the Tigers on Monday.
Petrino, 43, signed a new deal last Tuesday that will pay him $1 million a year -- nearly doubling his old salary -- and assured members of Louisville's athletics association board that he wasn't going anywhere.
"I'm looking forward to the upcoming years," he said last week. "This is the place I want to be; this is the place my family wants to be. We're looking forward to the future."
The coach's new contract, like the old one, runs through the 2010 season. He'll also earn a $1 million bonus if he stays through the 2007 season.
Petrino also is eligible for a $100,000 bonus if the Cardinals win the national championship -- $50,000 if Louisville reaches the Bowl Championship Series title game and another $50,000 if it wins it.
"That's what our goal is," Petrino said of the BCS. "It's certainly something that's out there for us and something we're committed to getting done."
Louisville, which will join the Big East next season, was not eligible to qualify automatically for the BCS as a member of Conference USA. The Cardinals (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) went 10-1 this season, earned the highest ranking in school history and led the nation in points and yards per game.
Saban held the nation's richest college football contract with a
seven-year, $18.45 million deal he signed after winning a share of
the national title in 2003. The school is completing a stadium
expansion and a new football operations center.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.