Top ACC football coaches by win percentage in the modern era

5. Bobby Petrino: 73.5% (2003-2006 and 2014-2018, cumulative record) — Louisville

FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2018, file photo, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino tries to get the referees attention during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Syracuse, in Syracuse, N.Y. Petrino, a coach with a track record of on-the-field success but off-the-field embarrassments, will be the next coach at Missouri State, the university said Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Between his two tenures at Louisville, Bobby Petrino ranks first at the university in home wins (40) and AP Top 25 finishes (five). His first go with the Cardinals boasted a pair of Big East conference championships in 2004 and 2006 and an Orange Bowl invitation, the second New Year’s Six bowl that the Cardinals had ever attended. Petrino left Kentucky to coach the Atlanta Falcons and the Arkansas Razorbacks before returning to the helm of Cardinal football in 2014, the year that the Cardinals joined the ACC. A piece that defined Petrino’s success during his second time at Louisville was quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman in 2016. Fueled by a dynamic offense, Petrino totaled three finishes in the top-five nationally for scoring offense. With the help of Jackson, Louisville set school records in 2017 for the most total yards of offense, rushing yards, yards per carry and yards per play. Posting a 2-10 record in 2018 in the absence of Jackson, Petrino was fired from the program and now coaches Missouri State.

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