Tyra: Good programs turn around quickly


When Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra made the decision to fire Bobby Petrino as the program’s football head coach, he thought there was plenty of talent in the locker room. Tyra didn’t want to set expectations too high for Scott Satterfield in his first year as Louisville’s head coach, but he was hoping Louisville would be in the bowl hunt.

Nearly 11 months later, Louisville is bowl eligible after a 34-20 victory over NC State in Raleigh Nov. 16. Satterfield has managed the expectations this fall by repeating a ‘game at a time’ approach, but Tyra liked the talent the new coaching staff gets to coach.

“I knew that we could do a lot of things with it,” Tyra said. “You see the explosive talent on offense.”

With six wins and a 4-3 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference with two games remaining in Syracuse and Kentucky, Tyra said the season has been fun because of the ups and downs the team has endured. The turnaround from a 2-10 season a year ago hasn’t happened faster than expected for Tyra.

“It feels like we are on schedule. We have had turnovers around in our past,” Tyra said. “For really good programs, they turn around quickly.”

The culture change took time. Tyra met with players for feedback during spring practices, hearing that there was still a feeling out process for the roster.

With a majority of the regular season complete, there isn’t any doubt that the players haven’t bought in at this point.

“Scott and his staff have done a great job,” Tyra said. “You can’t say enough about what they have done, coming in and I know we use the culture word a lot, there is a lot that is behind that word. There is buy-in across the board.”