Recapping a busy week for U of L athletics Wednesday, Dec 14 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Besides finals week, this round-up of athletics news has been nothing short of hectic for students, athletes, and fans alike. 

#BroughtBrohmHome

On Dec. 8th, the athletic association announced that Jeff Brohm would be the next head coach of the University of Louisville football team. 

Brohm was among every die-hard fan’s pick to take over the reins at Cardinal Stadium. 

His work in West Lafayette as Purdue University’s head coach was enough to catch athletic director Josh Heird’s eye, the deal was done shortly after the meeting between the two. Brohm came in right away and jumped on the recruiting trail. 

Looking to preserve some of the commits from previous head coach Scott Satterfield’s ‘23 class, Brohm went out to California to check up with four-star dual-threat QB Pierce Clarkson, and four-star wide receiver Deandre Moore at St. John’s Bosco. 

Deion Branch is still set to lead the Cards in the Battle for the Keg of Nails in the Wasabi Fenway bowl this Saturday, December 17th. He will step in for former head coach Scott Satterfield.

Volleyball is Back in the Final Four 

In an intense match on Dec. 10th, the volleyball team once again secured their spot in the NCAA Tournament Final Four, making it back-to-back years. 

Dani Busboom Kelly and the team were taken to five sets to settle their matchup with the Oregon Ducks, picking up the first in a close 23-25 battle. Oregon came back and picked up the second set in another tight contest, 23-25. 

Starting off the third set with an impressive 8-0 run, Oregon came out in a dominant and controlled, winning 25-13. With their back against the wall, the pulled out a 27-25 result to force the fifth set. 

The fifth set was all Cards as they sent the Ducks packing with a 15-6 victory to move on. 

Louisville players Aiko Jones and Claire Chaussee were named to the All-Region team. Louisville outside hitter Anna Debeer was named Regional MVP. 

The team will face off with fellow ACC member Pittsburgh this Thursday, December 15th at 9:30 E.T. Their previous matches with the Panthers this season are split 1-1 — a 2-3 loss at the end of October, and a mid-November 3-0 sweep. 

Make it 6 Straight for Women’s Basketball

In addition to all the fun and madness that the University has been experiencing, women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz and company went down to Lexington and proved they own the state. 

The Cards controlled the Wildcats in another Battle of the Bluegrass, beating the Wildcats 86-72, to pick up their sixth straight win over UK.

Hailey Van Lith had a game-high 21 points. Liz Dixon added 16 of her own for the Cards, and Morgan Jones had 12 points to round out the double-digit scorers. 

Walz and the team have faced some adversity over the last couple of weeks, dropping some uncharacteristic games. In the “Battle for Atlantis” over Thanksgiving break, the team lost an overtime battle with Gonzaga in the opening matchup. After their win over a very good Texas team, they closed the tourney with another loss, this time to the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State. 

The Cards then dropped another tough battle in the ACC/BIG Ten Challenge against No. 5 ranked Ohio State with a 77-96 loss, and a loss to Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, 49-67. 

Jeff Walz and the team didn’t panic in the longtime rivalry though. Nor did they against innercity rival Bellarmine, who they trounced 73-43. The team lead by 31 at the beginning of the second half, and the eight points were given up tied the program record for the fewest points allowed in a half. 

Louisville will travel to Pittsburgh to open the conference slate on Sunday, December 18. The Cardinals and Panthers are set to square off at the Peterson Event Center at 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ACC Network.

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Satterfield out at head coach, accepts Cincinnati job; former player Deion Branch named interim Monday, Dec 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

In a surprise move that brings many long-term fans a familiar sense of deja vu, Louisville football head coach Scott Satterfield is moving on from the program to go north to the University of Cincinnati. 

Big morning news

It was reported Monday morning by multiple sources, starting Cincinnati Enquirer’s Keith Jenkins, that Scott Satterfield had accepted a six-year deal to become the next head football coach at the University of Cincinnati. 

The Cincinnati job had been open after their previous coach Luke Fickell accepted the University of Wisconsin head position this past November. According to his contract, the buyout Cincinnati had to pay was $3.5 million

This move seems very much unforeseen and sudden, with Satterfield and his team picking up a lot of momentum in the second half of this season. They finished 7-5 after starting 2-3, including defeating No. 10 Wake Forest and No. 25 NC State. 

Multiple players and coaches were surprised by the whirlwind move across social media. “I literally just woke up,” defensive lineman Selah Brown posted.

Coach Satterfield’s heart was never in the Ville; he was trying to leave after year one. My son has been at Louisville for five years, and I never spoke with the guy. He never built a relationship with parents or players,” Xavier Abdullah, father of star linebacker Yassir tweeted.

Consistency in the wrong areas

Satterfield’s time at Louisville was filled with inconsistency in the team’s performance, with the only consistent being the predictable play calling. The whole city could see when the run play coming in long yardage situations.  

In the 3 games against in-state rival Kentucky during the Governor’s Cup rivalry, it was a loss each time. In 2019, the Cards put up an embarrassing 45-13 loss; Lynn Bowden and the Wildcats ran all over the Cards, racking up 517 rushing yards. 

Covid held off the 2020 match, so following in 2021 the Cards endured another 52-21 loss- this time, Will Levis and Chris Rodriguez Jr. combined for 234 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

The latest thrashing took place not long ago on the 26th. Another 26-13 loss- although, Satterfield was without starting QB Malik Cunningham. 

Questions We Have

A lot of question marks rose from this move, most importantly: what does this do to the impressive top 20 recruiting class of ‘23

A few of these players are set to enroll early and hit campus next spring, including #1 ranked running back in the class, Reuben Owens. Other players- four-star dual-threat quarterback Pierce Clarkson, and four-star offensive lineman Madden Sanker are also reporting for the spring semester. 

A personal question I have is where would Satterfield be if he didn’t have Malik Cunningham over the last four seasons?

Satterfield’s best player during his time here is a guy that fell into his lap when he accepted the job. As this situation continues to unfold, you have to wonder how successful would Satterfield have been without a playmaker as good as Cunningham.

A lot of the wins and surprising success Satterfield has had here are due to players that he had no part in recruiting. If you remember, Satterfield’s arrival in 2019 was preceded by former head coach Bobby Petrino’s second stint. Petrino was fired in 2018, with the university buying out the rest of his 14.1 million dollar contract.

Brohm Bound?

The overwhelming majority of the fans have put current Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm at the top of their wishlist. 

Brohm is finishing up his sixth season in West Lafayette and reached a bowl game in 4 of those seasons. He most notably picked up an impressive overtime win against Tennessee in last year’s Music City Bowl and is also coming off the program’s first Big Ten championship appearance.

Brohm is 3-1 against top 5 ranked opponents, demonstrating that he has the ability to coach alongside the best in the country. 

Where the program goes from here

Whoever Athletic Director Josh Heird hires for the job will have their hands full next season, beginning with the hole left in the quarterback position post-Malik Cunningham. 

Heird released the following statement this morning: 

“We’re grateful to Scott for his dedication to our program and wish him well. We are always prepared to conduct head coaching searches, and we will begin a national search immediately to identify our next head coach. We will be looking for a tremendous leader who recognizes both the history and potential of Louisville Football and is committed long-term to helping the program reach new heights.”

Heird has had his hands full over his short stint as AD so far. He first dealt with Chris Mack and the University mutually parting ways, which resulted in hiring Kenny Payne. He is now set to begin the search again.

Bowl Bound…but coaching both teams?

Ironically, the Cards face off against Satterfield’s new landing spot, the University of Cincinnati in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl on December 17th at 11 A.M. ET.

Super Bowl MVP and Louisville alumni Deion Branch will serve as interim head coach.

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#25 Louisville Looks to Stay Hot Heading into Governor’s Cup Thursday, Nov 24 2022 

By Jason Krell

Less than two months ago, there was doubt surrounding the Louisville football team wondering if head coach Scott Satterfield was still the right guy to lead this team. A 34-33 loss to Boston College didn’t give fans a whole lot of hope that the season could be turned around. With their backs against the wall, the Cards rallied to win 5 of their next 6 games with their only loss coming to #12 Clemson on the road who currently has the nation’s longest home winning streak.

Two of their five wins since the Boston College loss were against ranked opponents; #10 Wake Forest and #24 N.C. State. The Cards’ defense has been nothing short of resilient since their wake-up call. Senior Yasir Abdullah has been the heart and soul of this defense and will likely be a contender for ACC defensive player of the year.

A Showdown in Lexington

The Cardinals now prep for their most anticipated matchup of the season as they travel down I-64 to Lexington to face the Kentucky Wildcats. Since the bye week, the Cats are just 1-3 with their one win being against Missouri. With recent losses to Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Georgia, it is still unsure how they’ll respond given the recent struggles of starting quarterback Will Levis.

The Cardinals open as a 3-point underdog to the unranked Wildcats (which, if this game were played at Cardinal Stadium, I’m sure the numbers would be flipped). Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham aims to return to action this week and snap their 3-game losing streak to Kentucky and solidify themselves as the superior team in the state. A year ago, the Cardinals suffered a brutal loss on their own field to the Wildcats 52-21. Now, with one of the premier defenses in the ACC, the Cards look to keep their momentum going into this game.

Lots on the Line

The biggest key to the game will be Louisville keeping their composure and not getting themselves too worked up, as we saw last year. “I think anytime you get overly emotional in a situation like this, it takes away from the play. We have to worry about us, we have to worry about our guys and play for the ones beside you,” Head Coach Scott Satterfield said in his weekly press conference.

This will be one of the most anticipated rivalry matchups of the year as both teams have lots to prove. For Kentucky, the belief that Will Levis is still worth a top 10 NFL draft pick and the Wildcats are deserving of a spot in the discussion as one of the premier SEC teams. For the Cards- to show the nation that Scott Satterfield has what it takes to be in the upper echelon of coaches in college football and that they’re deserving of a top-tier bowl game.

The annual Governor’s Cup matchup will take place on Saturday, November 26th at 3:30 pm on the SEC Network.

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Cards Can’t Close at BC, 34-33 Wednesday, Oct 5 2022 

By Spencer Laws

One Point Short

This past Saturday, October 1st, Louisville lost what many would consider another easy ACC win. The Cards came into the game 14-point favorites, yet choked one away 34-33.

The loss was a combined effort by the whole team. The defense was lit up in the passing game, giving up 304 yards and three touchdowns in the air. Boston College receiver Zay Flowers recorded five catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns, receiving ACC Receiver of the Week awards for his performance. 

Cunningham added to his already impressive rushing touchdowns total by adding three more against BC. His passing game still somewhat struggled, as he put up 19-28 completions with only 186 yards and a touchdown. Cunningham took a big hit midway through the 4th quarter, so junior Brock Domann came to close out the game. He is considered day-to-day.

A special teams miscue came back to bite the Cards as kicker James Turner had an extra point blocked in the second quarter. That kick would be the difference maker in overtime.

What Comes Next

With this result, it feels like the point of no return for Satterfield and the company. Many are up conflicted in the fan community about his coaching staff and play- some are already calling for his firing. One Twitter account even replies to U of L related posts “#BringBrohmHome

However, what good would it do to fire Satterfield mid-way through this season? With the outstanding recruiting class of ‘23 set to hit campus in the spring, how many of those recruits would de-commit with Satterfield’s exit? 

When Heird took the Job last December he came out and stated that he as AD wouldn’t settle for mediocrityCard Nation has their hands up right now as their football team continues to lose games week in and week out. Louisville now has 4 consecutive losses versus Power 5 teams, leaving us among the bottom 5

Meanwhile, you would assume to see some changes from Satterfield in the coming weeks as he attempts to save his job. In an October 4th press conference Satterfield stated that he’s “Got to spend more time helping all the facets of the game, particularly defensively and on special teams.” As for why? “Losing games.”

The Cards are back in action this Saturday, October 8th traveling to Virginia to face off with UVA at noon, on the ACC network.

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Birds Best Bulls, as Boston-bound Battle Brews Wednesday, Sep 28 2022 

By Spencer Laws

Louisville football took care of business Saturday afternoon to close out the main part of their non-conference schedule.

Family Fun for All

In what head coach Scott Satterfield described in his Sept. 27th press conference as “the most complete game yet,” U of L picked up a much-needed 41-3 win against the University of South Florida at home on “Parent’s Weekend”. 

5th-year senior Malik Cunningham had another outstanding game against the Bulls, recording 186 yards on 14-22 passing attempts with a touchdown. Second-string junior Brock Domann also saw playing time on Saturday, as he put up 73 yards on 5-8 passing attempts. 

11 wide receivers caught passes on Saturday as the 2 quarterbacks were able to spread the ball all across the field. 

The more impressive part of game Malik’s game was yet again on the ground, as he ended up rushing for 113 yards on 9 carries with 3 touchdowns. 6 other players saw touches on the ground Saturday, giving some younger players valued experience for the future.

Averaging 6.2 yards per carry while recording 4 touchdowns on the ground, the ground game followed upon the success of the passing game, by putting up 283 yards on 46 attempts.  The defense did their part on Saturday as well, as they forced 3 turnovers while allowing only 158 yards and a field goal. 

The Next Step

If Satterfield and company really want to make a run at a post-season bowl game, they need to pull out some results over the next two weeks on the road to solidify any chance. The Cardinals head into their main slate of ACC play now, and start by traveling to Boston on Saturday to face off with the Eagles. 

The Cards come into Saturday as heavy favorites with some analysts chalking this up as a Louisville win. 

Following the trip to Boston, the team takes a visit to Charlottesville, Virginia to battle with UVA; another game that, if Louisville shows up and plays well, should be able to travel home with a win. 

This would mark the halfway point in the season for Satterfield and the team, who are hoping they can enter the second half of the season with a 4-2 record. 

Starting to See Success

Results like these are very possible if the Cardinals show up in the next two weeks. 

There are still a few lingering issues – limiting the pre-snap penalties on all sides of the ball, limiting the opposing offense’s ability to run the ball while not missing tackles in the open field, and getting Malik more and more comfortable in the passing game. He only has 2 passing touchdowns to this point, while giving away 3 interceptions. 

If the Cards can limit these mistakes they will have a real possibility to be 2 wins away from bowl game talk with 6 games left in the season. 

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The Cards Drop Another ACC Game as FSU Comes to Town Wednesday, Sep 21 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Louisville Football drops a game that many thought they should have won. 

The Cards seemed to have an answer for everything the Seminoles threw at them. Louisville responded with two touchdowns in the first quarter, after originally going down 7-0 to start the game. 

The Cardinals went into the half holding a 7 point lead over Florida State, with the score 21-14. 

Quarterback Malik Cunningham was having an exceptional game up to this point. He showcased both sides of his game—passing and running. 

The Cardinal offense were without starting running back Tiyon Evans and second string Jalen Mitchell. 

Backs Trevion Cooley and Jawhar Jordan picked up the load that was left for them. Both combined for over 160 yards all-purpose yards, with Cooley breaking into the in zone twice. 

The Issues

Two narratives about Louisville continue to be the story on the field. Similar to the thoughts of many fans and experts last week, tackling seems to lead to the downfall of the defense. On top of that, penalties are another huge issue that puts the team a leg behind. 

Louisville has started this season committing 29 penalties for 204 yards just 3 weeks in. 

Head coach Scott Satterfield addressed the self-inflicted wounds in his press conference September 20th.  

Satterfield stated,“It’s the pre-snap penalties that really effect you. Being offsides, false starts, those types of things. We have to get better at that.”

The Change

The Cards looked in total control over the Seminoles, as former Cardinal, Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis exited the game with a leg injury. FSU brought in their backup with minimal experience.

Florida States backup, Tate Rodemaker felt the pressure early from the Cardinal defense. Rodemaker was sacked three times and threw an interception. 

Rodemaker was eventually able to turn around his performance, to lead the ‘Noles to comeback and take the lead in the final minutes. While doing so, Rodemaker threw for two impressive touchdowns to Florida State wide receiver Johnny Wilson. 

Wilson put up pretty impressive numbers himself. Ending the game with seven receptions, 149 yards and two touchdowns. 

Satterfield was questioned in his post game press conference about matching up against Wilson. 

“Is that the big guy? Thats what made him so difficult. He’s 6’7 200 and something pounds,” Satterfield said  

Cunningham and the Cardinal offense had to chance to close the game out with a touchdown to win the game getting the ball back with 1:37 left on the clock. 

The offense was able to move the ball up to the Louisville 46, as the fan base regained hope with the clock dwindling under a minute. 

Then, a costly decision by the fifth-year starter ended the comeback attempt. FSU picked off Malik with 37 seconds left to close out the Cards. 

Full Circle

With this result the Louisville faithful return to the same attitude they had after the Syracuse game. Furthermore, the same question remains: 

How much longer does Satterfield have if he continues to churn out these atrocious results? 

The Cards are back in action this Saturday to right the ship at Cardinal Stadium before starting ACC play. 

They host University of South Florida at noon back in front of Card Nation. 

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Louisville Football Bounces back at the Bounce House Saturday, Sep 10 2022 

By: Spencer Laws

Head coach Scott Satterfield took a lot of pressure this week from the media, knowing that he and his team laid a pretty large egg last week at Syracuse. 

He said in his press conference Sept. 6, he was very disappointed with how the team played. On top of that, he took a lot of ownership for the downfall himself.

He made a substantial statement going into Orlando and handed UCF a loss in a tough environment after last week’s performance. 

The Bounce

The Cardinal offense came out firing on all cylinders, as they put up a 10-play 75-yard drive. This was finished off by a Tiyon Evans 7-yard run for a touchdown, to quiet down the crowd in the ‘Bounce House.’

The other side of the ball was another story. The defense seemed to pick up where it let off last week in Syracuse. 

Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee and the UCF offense marched right back down the field with a 10-play 80-yard drive. They ran it down Bryan Brown’s defense mouth to tie the game back up at 7. 

However, after that first drive the defense stepped up and only allowed one more touchdown the rest of the game. 

The defense proved they can play, it’s only a matter of when they will show up. 

Malik Cunningham and the offense struggled in their own right last week, inly being able to reach the end zone once.

They came out this week and showed they can move the ball on all sides of the offense. 

Five different players ran the ball, and the offense shelled the ball out to seven different receivers in the passing game.

Five out of the seven receivers that caught a pass had double-digit receiving yards.Tyler Hudson led all receivers with three catches and 67 yards. He was followed by Amari Huggins-Bruce with two catches and 42 yards. 

Cunningham  finished with 195 yards passing, completing 14 of 29 attempts. Not a fantastic stat line by Malik’s standards, but he was able to be very dangerous in the run game. 

Cunningham was the Cards leading rusher with 121 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown. With that touchdown, he moved into 3rd all time in rushing touchdowns for Louisville. He trails only Lenny Lyles and Lamar Jackson. 

Cunningham was followed by Tiyon Evans, who had 76 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown.

Evans continues to show that he is a very reliable back who can run between the tackle and make defenders miss in the flats. 

Questions We Have

Lastly, two questions we still have going forward with this team and staff.

Is Scott Satterfield here to stay? 

The narrative of Scott Satterfield and is he going to hold onto his job continues to be the most talked about storyline from this team. 

Satterfield cools his seat down a little, with a win coming out of Orlando. However, the Knights were only a couple plays away from scoring a touchdown that would’ve made things a lot more interesting in those last final minutes. 

Can Bryan Brown and the defense put together a full game? 

We see that the defense has struggled so far with tackling and stopping the run. UCF tapped into that weakness early, as they ran the wildcat offense in the red-zone for both of their touchdowns in the first half. 

To be relevant in the ACC, the defense and Bryan Brown are going to have to figure out how to slow offenses down in the run game. 

It was announced before the game that Arizona State Transfer Jermayne Lole will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.  

To the defensive’s credit, the Cards did record four sacks last night while holding the Knights scoreless in the second half. 

Going Forward

The Cards have another short week, with ACC rival Florida State coming to town Friday. 

This game will foretell where this team is going this year. Did we see a Louisville football team that is going to compete and fight hard? Or is inconsistency going to rule Scott Satterfield and the Cards?

Card Nation has been brought back,  just in time to pack Cardinal Stadium Friday night for the home opener.

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Louisville football collapses to Syracuse in season opener Wednesday, Sep 7 2022 

By Spencer Laws

It was Saturday, October 1st, 2016. The Louisville football team was in Clemson, South Carolina playing one of the biggest games in Louisville football history. Senior wide receiver and hometown kid James Quick had a chance to extend the drive and put the Cardinals in a goal-line scenario to win the game. 

Quick stepped out of bounds just one yard short of the first down and the Cardinals lost the game.

A lot of fans remember the trajectory the team was headed that year.  

Since this play, it seems the Cardinals have fallen, and have fallen drastically; the Cardinals have put up a record of 28-35. They are 1-4 in bowl games since then, and also 1-4 versus in-state rival Kentucky.  

Saturday night’s performance versus Syracuse showed everyone that this season is going to likely run parallel to the last 5 seasons if this team’s production from Saturday is the standard set. The optimism was high for fans coming into this season, as major contributors from last year’s success returned, on top of the transfers that joined the team this season.

A lot of Cardinals fans began to point the finger and look at the job that is being done by their head coach and the performance their football team is doing weekly. 

Where it Went Wrong

The downfall of the Cardinals comes in a lot of areas, starting off with play calling. Satterfield’s commitment to the run game put the Cards in a lot of long-distance situations. This resulted in a lot of tough situations for quarterback Malik Cunningham, who converted only 5-11 times on 3rd down, and 0-2 times on 4th down. 

Averaging 4.4 yards per rush attempt, the team recorded a total of 137 yards on the ground in 31 attempts and a fumble. In the air, Cunningham threw for 197 yards, averaging 8.6 yards per completion on 17-23 attempts with two interceptions. 

Overall, the offense was only able to reach the end-zone once. Running back Tiyon Evans was able to break free for a 36-yard run resulting in a touchdown. He’s one of the brighter spots early on for this team. 

In the meantime, the defense was not much better, as the tackling display was a huge reason for the undoing we watched. Co-defensive coordinator Bryan Brown stated in his press conference on Tuesday that Syracuse was “a little hungrier than” the Cards. 

The defense was scrambling all around the rushing attack of the Orange offense. Syracuse’s offense put up 449 total yards, 208 of those yards on the ground, and 241 in the air. In addition to the yardage destruction, the defense allowed 4 touchdowns and a field goal while forcing 0 turnovers. Interestingly, Syracuse’s 18 penalties are the second most by an opponent since Wichita State’s 19 in 1963.

Looking Forward to This Friday

The Cards turn around from Saturday night with a short week and a trip to Orlando, Florida on Friday to face a very physical Central Florida football team, coached by Gus Malzahn. Malzahn is the former Auburn, helping lead the Tigers to a National Championship back in 2010. 

UCF has been nearly untouchable at home over recent years. Bestowing a remarkable 31-2 record since 2017, the Cardinal defense faces a Central Florida offense led by quarterback John Rhys Plumlee on Friday. Head coach Scott Satterfield stated, “Plumlee may be the fastest QB we’ve ever played against.” Furthermore, Plumlee is a better running quarterback than Syracuse’s Garrett Shrader. Shrader ran 16 times for 94 yards while reaching the in-zone once on the ground. 

This is the third time in the four years of Satterfield’s tenure that Louisville has lost its season opener. One can only hope that the team bounces back and can iron out all the kinks before their home opener on the 16th. 

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Satterfield, Cardinals Kick Off Spring Practice Wednesday, Feb 10 2021 

By Tyler Nunez —

The University of Louisville football team finished its up-and-down 2020 season on a high note, and it’s looking to carry that momentum into the offseason as spring practice begins.

Head coach Scott Satterfield spoke with the media Monday after the first practice of the spring semester to discuss his expectations for the offseason ahead as well as the moves he and his team have made since the Cardinals’ 45-21 win against Wake Forest on Dec. 12.

“It’s great to be back out on the field,” Satterfield said in his opening statement. “Since our game against Wake Forest, we have several newcomers out. Thirteen scholarship players that we brought in mid-term that are really good people No. 1, but No. 2 are going to be really good players for us, too. That’s evident in practice.”

Satterfield stayed busy in the less-than-two months between the season’s end and the first practice of the spring. In addition to getting 13 kids enrolled early, he made several significant changes to his staff, including the addition of three new position coaches and the promotion of defensive coordinator Bryan Brown to associate head coach.

The most recent of those hires was Jack Bicknell, Jr., a 33-year coaching veteran who will take over the Cardinals’ offensive line. He joined De’Rail Sims (running backs) and Pete Thomas (quarterbacks) as new offensive coaches joining Louisville for its 2021 season.
That trio will help bolster an offensive coaching staff without a defined offensive coordinator after Dwayne Ledford took a job coaching the offensive line at the Atlanta Falcons. Satterfield himself will call plays from the sideline and serve as the top offensive guru.

“The one thing I’ve always said is that we always want to continue to build and elevate coaches,” Satterfield said. “I think that’s healthy for any kind of program. We had three guys who left for coordinator positions and one that left for an NFL position. All these guys got promotions and got elevated into something they wanted to do.

“The thing I’m looking for when I’m hiring coaches is fit: good people. I want to bring into this building someone who is going to bring the same kind of integrity we have in the building, the same kind of heart and desire to want to improve and get better.”

With coaching hires out of the way and a complete staff put together, Satterfield and the Cardinals can now use the spring to look forward to the 2021 season.

He said the primary focus of spring camp will be developing those 13 new faces and catching them up to the system so they can have a maximal impact by the time the season starts.

“We’re going to throw them into the fire,” Satterfield said. “They’re going to make some mistakes. We all know that. We’re really just trying to get them coached up. I really want them to get as many reps as they can get.”

More broadly, Satterfield pointed to turnover ratio as a key point of emphasis during this offseason.

The Cardinals were -12 in the turnover margin last year, turning the ball over 24 times and forcing opponents into just 12 turnovers all season. That’s something Satterfield said will need to change if the Cardinals want to have more success in 2021.

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U of L football postpones Virginia game as 10 players test positive for COVID-19 Saturday, Nov 7 2020 

By John McCarthy–

The University of Louisville football team has postponed their ACC matchup with Virginia till Nov. 14.

The Cardinals (2-5) canceled this week’s trip to take on the Cavaliers after ten U of L players tested positive according to Athletic Director Vince Tyra. Five additional players for Louisville are currently quarantining after contact tracing.

U of L showed resistance last week during their loss to Virginia Tech at home. Although the Cardinals were nine players down, they lost marginally by a single touchdown. “It makes it a lot more challenging because you want guys to feel comfortable in whatever spots that you move them to. Regardless if you move a safety down to the linebacker spot, or a linebacker down to a defensive end spot, they still have to feel comfortable. You do not want your guys to get in there and not get it done,” Louisville Head Coach Scott Satterfield said.

“We’re down to three scholarship defensive linemen. I know others have played with players out at different positions, but when you get into the trenches and there is a lot of contact there between the offensive and defensive linemen, that is certainly one situation that the league has its eye on,” Tyra said.

A postponement of Saturday’s game to Nov. 14 should give the Cardinals’ players who test positive enough time to rid themselves of the virus.

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