Raiders talking to Louisville's Petrino

Jan. 18, 2006 at 11:36 AM

OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Oakland Raiders have met with University of Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino about its vacant head coaching position.

The Oakland Tribune reports an NFL source confirmed that Petrino was in Oakland Tuesday night for an interview. The Raiders haven't commented except to confirm they have interviewed Al Saunders, James Lofton and Rod Marinelli for the job.

Petrino's 21-4 record with the Cardinals the past two years may have caught Raiders owner Al Davis' eye. The 2004 Louisville team put more points on the board than anyone else, which may bode well for Petrino.

The Raiders have hired offense-linked coaches for 27 years, since linebackers coach turned head coach John Madden retired.

Unnamed sources within the organization dispelled rumors that Fresno State Coach Pat Hill was a potential candidate. Hill set a Tuesday night deadline for any offers from professional teams. He is reported to have met with St. Louis and Houston and was talking with New Orleans.

Hill told the Fresno Bee if no pro offer panned out, he planned to stay with the Bulldogs, "building this program to where it should be."

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