As of Monday of this week, the University of Louisville was left with a vacancy at the head coaching position due to Scott Satterfield’s departure for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Satterfield follows in the footsteps of Luke Fickell, who previously filled the vacancy left by Paul Chryst at the University of Wisconsin.
The NCAA has been in a coaching carousel as of late and the unexpected university to join that list was Louisville. During Satterfield’s tenure here, it is no secret that he was not unanimously beloved by the fanbase. Upon his hire prior to the 2019 season, the fanbase was pining for Jeff Brohm to fill the vacancy left by Bobby Petrino, who was fired at the time after a 2-8 start to the season.
Fast forward four years and Louisville has found their guy. With Satterfield agreeing to a contract with Cincinnati while still legally bound to his Louisville contract, Cincinnati is required to pay Louisville a $3.5 million dollar buyout for his services. Ironically enough, that is the same amount Luke Fickell owes the University for leaving in the midst of his contract. So, Cincinnati doesn’t have to front any of their own money for their coaching situation in terms of buyouts.
With Louisville receiving that $3.5 million and now with Bobby Petrino’s buyout of $2.56 million off the books as of this year, Louisville had an opportunity to mirror what Jeff Brohm was receiving at Purdue University.
While at Purdue, Brohm’s contract was worth $36.8 million across seven years, which annually set up to be between $4.2 million to $4.8 million. With anticipated bonuses, he was set to make 5.25 million.
Now, with Jeff Brohm at the helm for the Cardinals on a six year, $35 million dollar deal he is able to not only coach his alma mater but fulfill the prophecy set by his former coach at Louisville, Howard Schnellenberger.
With Satterfield’s departure and Brohm’s arrival, the coaching staff at Louisville has been left with some gaping holes and here is a look at where they are now:
- Scott Satterfield, Head Coach at the University of Cincinnati
- Bryan Brown, Defensive Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati
- Pete Thomas, Quarterbacks Coach at the University of Cincinnati
- Derek Nicholson, Linebackers Coach at the University of Cincinnati
- De’Rail Sims, Assistant Coach at the University of Cincinnati
- Nic Cardwell, Offensive Line Coach at the University of Cincinnati
- Carter Wilson, Scouting & Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Cincinnati
- Marc Spier, Off-The-Field Staff Role at the University of Cincinnati
- Ben Sowders, Strength & Conditioning Coach at the University of Arkansas
- Wes McGriff, Secondary Coach, at Auburn University
Jeff Brohm will more than likely bring over one, if not more than one of his staff members from Purdue with him whether that is before or after their Citrus Bowl remains to be seen. It has been reported that Brian Brohm, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Purdue, was named the Interim Head Coach for the bowl game versus LSU.
For Louisville’s Wasabi Fenway Bowl game against the Cincinnati Bearcats, Director of Player Development Deion Branch was named the Interim Head Coach for the Cardinals.
Now, it is an anticpation game to see how Jeff Brohm fills his staff for the upcoming season.