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University of Louisville set to name Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield as head football coach

By Russ Brown
Kentucky Today

As expected, Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield will be named today as the University of Louisville’s new football coach, according to multiple sources. He will replace Bobby Petrino, who was fired after the 10th game of the season when his team stood 2-8.

Scott Satterfield will be introduced as Louisville’s new head coach on Tuesday afternoon. (Appalachian State Sports photo)

UofL has scheduled a 4:30 p.m. press conference in the Brown & Williamson Club at Cardinal Stadium to announce Satterfield’s hiring following a University of Louisville Athletic Association board meeting that will start at 4.

Satterfield, 45, became athletic director Vince Tyra’s top target after Purdue coach Jeff Brohm turned down the job last Wednesday.

The North Carolina native has coached Appalachian State to a 51-24 record over six seasons, including a 10-2 mark and the Sun Belt Conference championship this year. He fits the profile Tyra said he wanted in a coach: head coaching experience, offensive-minded and strong on discipline.

The Cardinals are coming off their worst season since 1997, finishing 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the ACC

Greenard denies reports of transfer

Jonathan Greenard, Louisville’s best returning pass rusher, has denied any contact with the University of Florida after a report that he plans to leave UofL after graduation in December and transfer to the Gators. Following a report by Rivals.com, Greenard told the Cards’ athletic department that neither he nor his family has spoken with Florida.

Greenard, who was a captain, led UofL in tackles for loss in 2017, but suffered a hand injury in the season opener against Alabama and didn’t play again.

As a grad transfer, he would be eligible to play immediately for the Gators, where he would be reunited with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who formerly held the same position with the Cards. UofL released a statement saying that Greenard has not accessed the NCAA’s transfer portal.

A year ago, Greenard appeared in all 13 games UofL, leading the team and ranking 15th nationally in tackles for loss with 15.5. His seven sacks tied for the team lead.

If Greenard does the transfer, it would mean an even bigger defensive rebuilding task for UofL’s new coaching staff, which is taking over a defense that allowed 44.1 points and 483.5 yards per game this past season, both among the worst totals in the FBS. The Cards also allowed 50 or more points in six games, the first time that has ever happened in the history of major college football.

Tight end de-commits

UofL lost another recruit Sunday night when three-star tight end Sam Snyder, from Fleming Island High School in Orange Park, Fla., reversed his commitment and reopened his recruitment after an official visit to Baylor. Snyder also has offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Wake Forest.

The Cards originally had commitments from three tight ends, but all have de-committed. UofL now has just eight recruits still committed for 2019, fewest in the ACC and a class that is ranked 84th nationally by 247sports.com.

Russ Brown, a former sportswriter for The Courier-Journal and USA Today, covers University of Louisville sports and college basketball and football for Kentucky Today. He can be contacted at www.0926.russ.brown@gmail.com.

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