Satterfield says he has 'not pursued or sought' offers in regards to South Carolina report
Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield was reportedly interviewing for the open South Carolina coaching job as of Tuesday evening. Hours after The Athletic report, Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said that was not true.
Tyra, who said he spoke to Satterfield, said, in a text to The Courier Journal, "He’s coming out with a statement later. He’s not interested and happy here. No interview."
The Athletic reported the news Tuesday evening with its update of the coaching search, saying Satterfield had an in-person interview set up but it wouldn't take place before Thursday.
Satterfield posted a statement on Twitter late Tuesday night saying that he has not pursued any jobs and is looking forward to staying at Louisville.
"While I'm flattered my names was associated with another job, I have not pursued or sought out any offers," Satterfield said. "I am the head coach at the University of Louisville. We are building a strong foundation and culture. I love our players and the dedication they have shown too me and my staff. It's important that we continue the development of this program. We have an outstanding recruiting class coming in December and I'm excited for the future of our football team. L's Up!!!"
Louisville is scheduled to play Boston College on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Satterfield, who came to Louisville in December of 2018 after a long tenure at Appalachian State, is coming off an eight-win season in 2019 when he was named ACC Coach of the Year. Louisville was expected to be an ACC Championship sleeper this year,but has struggled specifically with turnovers and is 3-6 entering Saturday's game against Boston College.
When he arrived at Louisville, Satterfield signed a six-year contract worth $3.25 million a year. According to his contract, Satterfield has a $5 million buyout through Dec. 31, 2020. The buyout drops to $3.5 million if he terminates his contract after Dec. 31, 2020, but before Dec. 31, 2022. After Dec. 31, 2022, his buyout drops to $2 million.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15 after a loss to Ole Miss. Satterfield's name was immediately tossed around. Not only did Satterfield have success at Appalachian State, but he is from North Carolina and has ties to the region.
When asked about being mentioned for the South Carolina opening on Nov. 16, Satterfield said he had no reaction.
"I don't have any reaction, we've got a job to do here and I got so much going on here from not only on a daily basis, but an hourly basis that I don't have time to look and worry about anything else going on," Satterfield said. "My job is to focus on this team and to do everything we can to make them better. We've already talked about, on this on this conference call here, all the things that that we got to fix here and I'm not worried about my named getting brought up. I haven't even seen it. I am not even on social media, don't know what's going on out there in the world. I'm focused on this team and doing everything we can to try to find a win, and to try to find our guys and make them make them better players and better men."
The Courier Journal reporter Tim Sullivan contributed to this story.