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Report: Ex-Louisville coordinator Lonnie Galloway heading to UNC

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News regarding the offensive coordinator position at North Carolina has been busy the past few days, but the latest report suggests one has been found. Lonnie Galloway, a former offensive coordinator at Louisville, will be heading to Chapel Hill to fill the role of offensive coordinator for UNC head coach Mack Brown, according to a report from Football Scoop on Saturday.

Galloway has made the rounds in his coaching career. Before arriving at Louisville, Galloway has coached at Elon, East Carolina, Appalachian State, West Virginia and Wake Forest. Galloway was previously connected to the Wakey Leaks scandal as a Louisville assistant when he was reported to have initiated contact with a former Wake Forest radio analyst to acquire some information from within the Wake Forest football program leading up to a game. Galloway was suspended for the Citrus Bowl at the end of the 2016 season.

Galloway’s experience and familiarity in and around North Carolina should be a key asset for him as he joins Brown’s coaching staff. With a fertile ground for football talent, having coaches who are as connected as possible in the state should serve North Carolina well as Brown looks to re-establish a foundation for future success.

Conflicting reports previously attached North Texas offensive coordinator and former Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell to the offensive coordinator job at North Carolina. It appears Harrell is not leaving North Texas, at least for the Tar Heels, at this time.

Satterfield, Houston expected to bring coordinators with them to new jobs

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For as many head coaches that change jobs during the annual coaching carousel, the number of assistant coaches that switch jobs far out-paces the head coaching changes in college football. As expected, when a head coach takes on a new job at a school, the odds are pretty good he’ll pull from his previous coaching staff to start building his new staff. Such appears to be the case for Scott Satterfield at Louisville and Mike Houston at East Carolina.

According to a report from Winston-Salem Journal, new Louisville head coach Satterfield will begin forming his Cardinals coaching staff with a few members of his former Appalachian State coaching staff. Appalachian State defensive coordinator Bryan Brown and offensive coordinator Frank Ponce will reportedly head to Louisville to fill roles that have not been clarified, although it would stand to reason they will carry the same roles under Satterfield with the Cardinals if and when they officially join the program.

How soon those additions take place remains to be seen. In the meantime, Appalachian State continues to prepare for a bowl game against Middle Tennessee while the coaching staff is in a transition without Satterfield.

At East Carolina, Houston will start building his coaching staff with members of his coaching staff at James Madison. According to a report from Daily News-Record, offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick and defensive coordinator Bob Trott will join Houston at East Carolina. For Kirkpatrick, this will be familiar territory as he previously coached at East Carolina for 11 seasons.

Louisville officially names Scott Satterfield new head coach

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What was widely reported on Monday became official on Tuesday: Scott Satterfield is the new head coach at Lousiville.

The 45-year-old North Carolina native, who oddly did not receive a sniff from North Carolina, went 51-24 in six seasons at Appalachian State, but that record obscures how impressive his run in Boone really was. When discounting his 11-13 start upon transitioning the Mountaineers from the FCS to FBS, Satterfield was 40-11 overall and 29-4 in Sun Belt play, including at least a share of three straight conference titles, including a 30-19 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in the inaugural Sun Belt Championship on Saturday.

While North Carolina passed on Satterfield in favor of re-hiring Mack Brown, Louisville successfully pounced after the school failed to lure hometown hero Jeff Brohm away from Purdue.

“When I set out looking for a new head coach, I recognized Scott early in the process as someone I was confident in leading this football program,” Louisville AD Vince Tyra said in a statement. “Following his career very closely, his teams are statistically very sound on both sides of the football. Both his offenses and defenses are ranked high nationally, and I valued how well-prepared and well-coached his teams have always been at Appalachian State.”

Satterfield will earn a $3.25 million contract over a 6-year contract.

“My family and I are extremely excited to be able to join this outstanding university and passionate community,” Satterfield said. “I’m so thankful to Vince Tyra and Neeli Bendapudi for giving me the ability to fulfill my dream. Words cannot express how grateful I am. I have two immediate obligations: mold these young men into productive members of society and put a competitive team on the field that’s going to work extremely hard to win games.

“I understand there are high expectations here, but as a program, we will do things the right way and develop men of high integrity and character. We will build a program that our fans will be extremely proud of on and off the field.”

Part of the reason Brohm spurned his alma mater, according to reports, was the nature of the Louisville roster. Bobby Petrino was never known as an eager recruiter even in his younger days, and it showed. The Cardinals, ranked as high as No. 3 in mid-November of 2016, were the worst team in the ACC this season and will leave Satterfield and his staff with a significant rebuild, which officially begins now.

Louisville pushes back on report that has Jonathan Greenard transferring to Florida

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An injury-plagued 2018 season that featured the firing of his head coach will apparently end with Jonathan Greenard transferring. Possibly. Maybe?

According to a report from Rivals.com, Greenard has decided to transfer from Louisville to Florida to finish out his collegiate playing career. The defensive end is scheduled to graduate from his current university this month, which would allow him to play immediately for his new university in 2019.

However, the university said in a statement that “Greenard confirmed [Sunday] with the U of L athletics department that he and his family have not had any communications with the University of Florida about transferring.” The university added that Greenard has not added his name to the new NCAA transfer portal.

Thus far, there’s been no public statement from the player on his future with the Cardinals and/or the Gators.

After suffering a wrist injury in the season-opening loss to Alabama, Greenard missed the remainder of the 2018 season. Last season, Greenard led the Cardinals with 15½ tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2017. For his career, he’s totaled 22½ and 9½ in those categories, respectively.

Report: Scott Satterfield leaving App State for Louisville

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Louisville did not get Jeff Brohm, but the Cardinals still may come out on top in the end.

Louisville will hire Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield as its next head coach, according to a report from the Louisville Courier-Journal. While the school has not confirmed the hire, the University of Louisville Athletic Association has announced a number of meetings for Tuesday, and the athletics department has announced a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

The 45-year-old North Carolina native has been the head coach at Appalachian State for the past six seasons. After going 11-13 in his first two seasons transitioning toe program from FCS to FBS, App State quickly became the Sun Belt’s best program. The Mountaineers are 40-11 overall since 2015, including a 29-4 mark in Sun Belt play with three straight conference championships.

Appalachian State won the inaugural Sun Belt championship game on Saturday, topping Louisiana-Lafayette 30-19.

In addition to his success within conference play, Satterfield’s teams have also played well when facing Power 5 opponents. App State took Tennessee to overtime to open the 2016 season and Penn State to overtime to open this season. The Mountaineers are set to face Conference USA runner-up Middle Tennessee in the New Orleans Bowl next Saturday. It remains to be seen whether Satterfield will coach that game.