Despite ‘conversation,” Louisville’s Satterfield denies South Carolina interest
Scott Satterfield reiterated Saturday that he is not leaving Louisville to coach at South Carolina, although he acknowledged speaking with officials at the school.
Satterfield, who had released a statement late last month that he has not pursued or initiated interest in any other jobs, also told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he kept Louisville’s athletic director, Vince Tyra, and others at the school informed of the contact.
Tyra said in a statement issued Saturday that he was “disappointed” when Satterfield agreed to talk with South Carolina about filling the vacancy created when Will Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15.
“Scott and I spoke earlier (Saturday), and he assured me that he is moving forward as our head football coach. I feel as good about Scott’s abilities today as the day we hired him,” Tyra said.
Later Saturday, The Athletic reported that Shane Beamer, once an assistant coach at South Carolina and currently at Oklahoma, will be hired to lead the Gamecocks. He has not previously been a college head coach.
Satterfield described his contact with South Carolina officials not as a job interview but as a visit “to listen to a conversation, and that’s what it is. … I’m not trying to hide anything from anybody. I’m not that person.”
Also, because his parents live within a few hours of the South Carolina campus in Columbia, S.C., Satterfield said he felt he “owed an obligation just to listen because of where it’s at.”
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Satterfield said he has seen his parents just once this year.
The coach, who signed a six-year contract to coach the Cardinals in 2018, is getting paid $3.25 million per year. If he breaks the contract before Dec. 31, the school is owed a $5 million buyout. That buyout decreases to $3.5 million after Dec. 31.
Satterfield was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2019, when the Cardinals went 8-5 and capped their season with a win in the Music City Bowl. The Cardinals are 3-7 this season, with one game remaining: Dec. 12 vs. Wake Forest.
Satterfield built his resume with five seasons at Appalachian State, where he guided the Mountaineers to a 47-16 record and three bowl appearances, all wins.
–Field Level Media