Tyra’s goal: Keep Satterfield as Cards' coach ‘a long time’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Even though he has only been in Louisville for less than one full season, U of L football coach Scott Satterfield will probably be thrown in the hat as a potential candidate for other jobs that come open in the next month or so.

That's the expectation of Louisville athletics director Vince Tyra, who believes Satterfield's record at Appalachian State combined with his success in immediately reviving a down-in-the-dumps UofL program will makes him attractive to other schools.

“I think that’s going to happen all the time,” Tyra said Monday. "There has been so much great publicity around what Scott did at App State and now people are as focused on what he did there as what he’s done here. The expectation is those kind of coaches who do well on and off the field are going to be approached."
Satterfield helped guide App State in its rise to the FBS from the FCS and was 46-17 in five years as head coach. Last December, he agreed to a six-year contract at UofL worth $3.25 million a year.

Taking over a team that finished 2-10 last year, Satterfield already has the Cardinals in a bowl with a 6-3 record.

Tyra says he hasn't yet heard from any other ADs who want to talk to Satterfield, but that he will do everything he can to retain him and his staff.

"Do I expect that people will look to poach our talent like they have in the past? Yeah. Do I expect them to leave? Heck no," Tyra said. "We hope they're going to be here a long time and we're going to do everything in our power to make sure that happens because continuity means a lot to success."

When asked about any interest in another job, Satterfield gave the predictable and politically correct answer, saying his focus is totally on Syracuse, UofL's final home opponent Saturday afternoon. He also deflected a question about whether he expected a contract extension or raise.

He laughed before answering.

"I don't look at that,” Satterfield said. “I don't worry about that. I'm just trying to be good today. Whatever I can do today to be good. I just think about what I can do to help this team. It's all about Syracuse, how we can move the ball and how we can stop them.

“It's kind of like when you guys asked me how many wins we're going to get. I don't know. We just want to be consistently good. And that's what I want to be as a head coach, consistent and bringing it every day to try to help this football team.”

Tyra says he hasn't been particularly surprised by Louisville's quick resurgence because he felt many of the pieces were in place when Satterfield was hired.

"We still felt like we had plenty of talent in the room," Tyra said. "I knew we could do a lot of things with it. You could see the explosive talent on offense for sure.
And then when we brought Scott in, I was not trying to put him on the spot, but understanding we're still hoping to be in the bowl hunt the coming season.

"The way the year has unfolded, the conference is very competitive; we're all stacked together with the exception of Clemson, so it's made it nice. This is when college football is fun."

Tyra noted that this isn't the first time a new coach has been hired and quickly turned a staggering program around, mentioning the Ron Cooper/John L. Smith transition nearly 20 years ago. The Cards were 1-10 under Cooper in 1997, then rebounded to 7-5 and a Motor City Bowl appearance under Smith after he was hired from Utah State by then-AD Tom Jurich.

Another example came in 2010 when Charlie Strong followed Steve Kragthorpe's 3-8 record, including 1-6 in the Big East, with a 7-6 mark that included a win over Southern Miss in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl.

With two regular-season games, plus a bowl game remaining, U of L has a chance at nine wins, but that wouldn't be unusual for the Cards, who have a long record of success this century. Since 2000, they have won 12 games twice, 11 three times and nine on five occasions while playing in 15 bowls and winning seven.

Kragthorpe's three-year tenure accounted for the Cards' longest bowl drought and two of their three losing seasons during that span, when UofL was 16-21.

ETHERIDGE HONORED--Middle linebacker Dorian Etheridge was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week for his performance in Saturday's 34-20 win over North Carolina State.

The junior from Charlestown, W.Va., played his best game of the season, recording 11 tackles and his first interception. He was also credited with a career-high three pass breakups.


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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