Cardinal Football

Where Does Scott Satterfield Rank Among CFB Coaches?

Chris Humphrey

Scott Satterfield’s rapid rebuild at Louisville in 2019 didn’t go unnoticed.

Satterfield earned ACC Coach of the Year honors in his first season in the league after putting together a solid 8-5 season. Louisville’s improvement from 2-10 to 8-5 was the best turnaround among power five programs in 2019.

Entering year two Louisville has high expectations under Satterfield. The Cards have found themselves in a handful of entirely too early 2020 preseason rankings.

As for Satterfield personally, he’s also found managed to find himself sitting rather high in The Athletic’s college football head coaching rankings.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic has Satterfield ranked as the college football’s tenth best coach.

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10. Scott Satterfield, Louisville: He went 40-11 in his last four seasons at Appalachian State and is pulling off a remarkable turnaround at Louisville, taking over a program that in its final season under Bobby Petrino won two games and lost by an average of 30 points per game. Satterfield injected all sorts of positivity into his new players in 2019, and the Louisville and the Cards went 8-5 and won the Music City Bowl. At his alma mater, he became the first coach to lead a school from the FCS level to FBS and immediately produce three consecutive bowl wins.

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This may be surprising to some, but Satterfield’s resume from top to bottom is pretty damn impressive. Outside of quickly getting the Louisville back on track in his first season, Satterfield guided App State to maybe the smoothest transition from FCS level to FBS in college football history.

[The Athletic: Ranking the 25 best coaches in college football]

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