Louisville’s Head Coach Scott Satterfield has been reported to be leaving the University of Louisville football program to travel about an hour and a half northeast to become the Head Coach at the University of Cincinnati.
Keith Jenkins, a sports reporter for the Enquirer, was first to announce the news and it was confirmed by The Athletic’s Justin Williams and ESPN’s Pete Thamel. This comes as ground-breaking news to the Louisville fan base on the day that the Transfer Portal is officially set to open.
Satterfield, who has been on the headset for the Cardinals since 2019, leaves to take over a Cincinnati head coaching vacancy left by Luke Fickell, who left to become the Wisconsin Badgers Head Coach about a week ago to the day.
The North Carolina native and former Head Coach of the Appalachian State Mountaineers has always been a polarizing figure during his tenure here in Louisville. On the two year anniversary of reports breaking that Satterfield interviewed for the South Carolina head coaching job, he accepts the position at the University of Cincinnati.
The interesting storyline that will continue to unfold is the fact that Louisville is set to face Cincinnati on December 17, 2022 at the inaugural Wasabi Fenway Bowl in Boston, Massachusetts.
Also, today marks the official opening of the Transfer Portal and Louisville could have been equipped to make a huge splash in NCAA free agency but now that potential is placed on the back-burner as Josh Heird and the Louisville athletics department search for a new Head Coach.
Another developing story to watch is if the incoming recruits to the Louisville program were coming to play for Scott Satterfield or if they were coming to play in Louisville. The Louisville fanbase is split in terms of what to believe with the incoming recruiting class.
There is an argument for Steve Clarkson, the father of highly-touted Louisville commit Pierce Clarkson, being the primary recruiter for Louisville and there are some who believe that these players came to be coached by Satterfield.
The future of Louisville football is currently hanging in the balance and it will be interesting to see who becomes the new Head Coach for the Cardinals now with Luke Fickell, Matt Rhule, Deion Sanders, as they have accepted the head coaching positions at Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Colorado, respectively.