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Report: Louisville HC Scott Satterfield Will Return for 2022 Season

The head football coach of the Cardinals will be back for a fourth season.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Amid rampant speculation that he might be let go, Scott Satterfield will indeed remain as the head coach of the Louisville football program, according to a report from WDRB's Eric Crawford.

Satterfield and athletic director Vince Tyra held their end of regular season meeting on Friday, and both parties left the meeting "encouraged about the program and their plans for its future", according to Crawford.

"We had a great meeting today," Tyra told Crawford. "Scott had a very detailed game plan, a very compelling game plan, ready for the meeting. It continues the development that he's tried to do in the first three years. I think everyone feels we're getting further away from where we were three years ago and continue to put ourselves in a good spot."

Although Tyra feels good about the direction of the program and where they have come since the end of the Bobby Petrino era, he seemed to be critical of where current recruiting efforts stand, and also alluded that coaching staff changes may be on the horizon - all of which will have Tyra's full support.

"I think we can see where the recruiting class is," Tyra said. "And I think we're supportive of other moves that he'll talk soon to further enhance those efforts, and we're ready to invest in those efforts."

It hasn't taken long for potential names to pop up as it pertains to the search for new assistants. According to a report from Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde, former Miami Dolphins head coach and current Florida State senior defensive analyst Randy Shannon could be among the named targeted.

Currently in year three at the helm, Satterfield has the Cardinals sitting at 6-6 on the regular season and bowl eligible, but it has been a roller coaster ride all year.

They started the year by getting hammered against Ole Miss in Atlanta; lost games to Wake Forest, Virginia, NC State and Clemson thanks to blown fourth quarters; and ended the regular season by getting embarrassed by Kentucky for the third straight time.

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Satterfield started his run at Louisville by going 8-5 and winning ACC Coach of the Year in 2019. Thanks to a 4-7 COVID year, his record stands at an even 18-18. His flirtation with Souther Carolina in 2020 also left a bitter taste in the mouthes of many in the fanbase - one which many seemingly have yet to forget.

Even with a mixed bag of results through three years, Tyra still remains optimistic that Satterfield is the right man for the job, and that pulling the trigger now would be much too soon for what he calls a develpmental program.

"When you have a program that it's going to rely on developing, three years is a short window for a coach," Tyra said. "I know we've seen that sometimes at other schools. You can be opportunistic or strategic. We're trying to be strategic about where he's taking the program." 

Louisville will learn their postseason draw on Sunday, Dec. 5 following the end of conference championship weekend.

(Photo of Scott Satterfield: Jamie Rhodes - USA TODAY Sports)

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