By RUSS BROWN, Kentucky Today

Reports tie Satterfield to interview for South Carolina job

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) -- Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield's name has resurfaced in relation to a job opening with a report that he was interviewed for the head job at South Carolina on Friday.

Multiple media outlets in South Carolina have reported that Satterfield interviewed with the Gamecocks' athletics director Ray Tanner. That comes less than two weeks after Satterfield denied pursuing other job offers.

The 247Sports site that covers South Carolina athletics reported that Tanner's plane arrived in Bowling Green, Ky., on Friday. That same plane left Columbia, S.C., on Thursday for Gainesville, Fla., where Tanner reportedly interviewed Florida offensive coordinator Brian Johnson before continuing on to talk to Satterfield.

The Courier-Journal reported Saturday morning that Satterfield has not responded to messages and that UofL athletics director Vince Tyra told the newspaper, "Nothing new to report on my end."

Satterfield's next scheduled media availability is Monday for his regular weekly teleconference.

Satterfield issued a  statement when it was first reported that he was to be interviewed by South Carolina a few days after former coach Will Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15.

"While I'm flattered my name was associated with another job, I have not pursued or sought out any offers. I am the head coach at the University of Louisville. We are building a strong foundation and culture. I love our players and the dedication they have shown to me and my staff. It's important that we continue the development of this program. We have an outstanding recruiting class coming in December and I'm excited for the future of our football team. L's Up!!!"


The 247Sports report, referring to a "wide net" cast for Muschamp's successor, said that Oklahoma associate head coach Shane Beamer -- the son of former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer -- and Louisiana head coach Billy Napier had emerged as the favorites. Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson was also mentioned as a candidate.
With the early signing day coming on Dec. 16, South Carolina wants to have a new coach in place as soon as possible. The current Gamecocks class is rated 90th in the country and last in the SEC by 247Sports with 10 commits.


Satterfield signed a six-year contract worth $3.25 million per year when he took the Louisville job in December, 2018. He has a buyout of $5 million through Dec. 31, then it drops to $3.5 million throughout next year.
Satterfield got off to a strong start at Louisville, taking over a team that had finished 2-10 in 2018 and guiding it to an 8-5 record and a victory over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl. He was named ACC Coach of the Year.


But the Cards have stuggled this season despite returning 18 starters. They are 3-7 overall and 2-7 in the ACC with one game remaining -- next Saturday against Wake Forest in Cardinal Stadium.

UOFL TO RELEASE NCAA RESPONSE

We should know more Monday about the NCAA's lengthy, ongoing investigation of Louisville's men's basketball program stemming from the FBI investigation into corruption of college basketball.


UofL spokesman John Karman acknowledged Friday that the university had received the NCAA's response to the school's formal reply to allegations and that it plans to release a redacted copy at 10 a.m. Monday.


The NCAA's reply to the Notice of Allegations the school submitted in September puts UofL one step closer to a resolution of its case that involved alleged recruiting violations in 2017 under coach Rick Pitino, who is now the head coach at Iona.


The allegations included a Level I violation and three Level II violations relating to the recruitment of Brian Bowen II by Pitino and former assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair, all of whom were fired. UofL submitted a challenge to the charges on Sept. 16.


The next step in the process will be a hearing. UofL has 15 days to request which group it wants to hear its case -- the NCAA's Committee on Infractions or the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). The NCAA's five-member Infractions Referral Committee will then decide which panel is chosen.


But this could go on considerably longer because after the hearing and a ruling, the university can appeal any penalties, which could involve sanctions such as a postseason ban, scholarship reductions, recruiting limitations, or a combination of all three.


When the allegations were filed, UofL had already started serving four years of NCAA probation for its stripper scandal. The Cards had also served a self-imposed postseason ban for the 2015-16 season in relation to that case, and later the NCAA vacated UofL's national championship and 123 wins.

CARLIK JONES NAMED MVP

UofL graduate transfer guard Carlik Jones on Frdiay was named the Most Valuable Player in the nine-team Wade Houston Tipoff Classic, which ended one day earlier than scheduled due to positive coronarvirus tests by the Cards and Prairie View A&M.

Teammates David Johnson, a sophomore guard, and Dre Davis, a freshman forward, joined Jones on the 10-player All-Tournament team.

In four games, all victories, Jones averaged 17.3 points, five rebounds and five assists. Johnson got 17 points, six rebounds, a career-high-matching eight assists and a career-high four steals in a 75-54 win over Western Kentucky on Tuesday and averaged 12.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 5.0 a. Davis contributed 12.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg and shot 55.2 percent.


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

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