Cincinnati tabs Scott Satterfield to replace Luke Fickell

Louisville coach Scott Satterfield has been hired to become the next football coach at the University of Cincinnati, the school announced Monday.

The terms of Satterfield’s contract were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN that Satterfield had been given a six-year contract.

The setting is regionally compelling as the schools are about 100 miles apart and have been conference competitors at different times. The schools will also play each other in the Fenway Bowl on December 17.

Satterfield’s hiring is a statement for Cincinnati as it enters the Big 12 next year. Satterfield takes over for Luke Fickell, the best coach in school history. Fickell took the Bearcats to the College Football Playoffs in 2021 and helped improve the program to generate Big 12 interest.

Satterfield caught the interest of Cincinnati while rebuilding Louisville after the 2-10 season when Bobby Petrino was fired. Satterfield, who has led the Cardinals to three bowls in the last four seasons, was one of the hottest young coaches in the country while at Appalachian State.

Satterfield went 25-24 in Louisville after a 47-16 run in five years at Appalachian State. One of the draws of Satterfield’s background with the Cincinnati Brass was that he guided the Mountaineers through their transition from FCS to FBS, with their first official year approaching in 2014. The Bearcats saw the skills required as transferrable.

“He has a calming presence,” Cincinnati AD John Cunningham told ESPN. “He’s been through everything. He also did schooling from FCS to FBS which is a really difficult transition. It’s time we go to the Big 12. This is important. He has this calm demeanor during these types of moments.”

With Louisville’s job open, the speculative favorite becomes former Cardinals quarterback Jeff Brohm, who is a coach at Purdue and just guided the Boilermakers to the Big Ten’s title game.

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Emma Bowman

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