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Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra discusses Jeff Brohm turning down the job and what’s next in the coaching search.
Louisville Courier Journal

As Louisville heads into Week 2 of its off-season coaching search, Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield reportedly remains the top target to lead the Cardinals in 2019.

That’s according to Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde and Pete Thamel, who wrote Saturday that Satterfield is expected to interview with Louisville soon. He remains the “heavy favorite” for the job, Forde and Thamel wrote, citing multiple sources.

All signs are pointing to Satterfield as the leading candidate for the position vacated by Bobby Petrino, who was fired in November. Satterfield’s name emerged after Jeff Brohm turned down a chance to coach his alma mater.

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Stadium’s Brett McMurphy, 247Sports.com’s Jody Demling, and ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg are among other reporters who named him the top target.

On Friday, Satterfield confirmed Louisville reached out to his agent.

“I think I owe it to myself and my family to take a look,” Satterfield said, according to the Winston Salem-Journal. “And I’ve always said I’ll listen. I’ll listen to see what people have to say.

“And if there is interest on their part, we’ll see where it’s at. If it’s going to benefit our family and is a situation we feel like we can have success, then that’s something we’ll take serious. And if not, we’ll move on and continue to build a powerhouse here at Appalachian State.”

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On Saturday, Satterfield led Appalachian State to a 30-19 win against Louisiana in the Sun Belt Championship Game, clinching the Mountaineers third-straight conference title. Satterfield is 51-24 in six seasons as the head coach at his alma mater, including 40-11 the last four seasons.

After the game, when asked about other coaching opportunities, Satterfield said, “If there is interest, then we’ll cross that bridge when it happens,” according to The Charlotte Observer.

Satterfield is making $712,500 this year and due to make $750,375 next season. His buyout of that contract is $425,000 if he first obtains permission from his athletic director to accept another job.

Are there any other candidates?

After Brohm turned the Cardinals down, Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra held a press conference Thursday, where he provided updates on the search.

Tyra said he has narrowed the pool of potential candidates to “under five.”

While he didn’t provide names, the next tier likely includes Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell, Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day, and Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long, all of whom have previously been connected to the Louisville job.

Read more: Vince Tyra says he is ‘under 5’ candidates for Louisville football job

Justin Sayers: 502-582-4252; [email protected]; Twitter: @_JustinSayers. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/justins.



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