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Louisville football loses recruiting coordinator in middle of recruiting weekend

Scott Satterfield - Louisville - HC
(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Scott Satterfield - Louisville - HC

(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

The Louisville football program seems to be having issues keeping people in the building. On Friday evening, the program was dealt a major blow when Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs plucked away their recruiting coordinator.

In February, David Cooper left his post as the assistant director of player personnel at the University of Florida to become the recruiting coordinator at the University of Louisville. In an off-field role, Cooper was assigned to run the recruiting operation for the Cardinal football program after Satterfield’s first three recruiting hauls finished 53, 47, 44 in average star rating among the 65 Power Five programs. After landing two commitments, a couple of transfers, and serving four months, Cooper is returning to the SEC.

However, this is just horrific timing. Popeye Williams — a four-star edge player from Indianapolis — is currently the program’s highest-ranked commitment in the 2022 class and is on campus this weekend for his official visit. Now the coaching staff must explain while the man running their recruiting operation is dipping out in the middle of an important weekend.

This comes right after a season where Louisville has seen major turnover. The Cardinals lost offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Dwayne Ledford to the Atlanta Falcons, safeties coach ShaDon Brown to West Virginia, running backs coach Norval McKenzie to Vanderbilt, and quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce to Appalachian State. That’s 40 percent of the full-time assistants that had to be replaced. Ledford and Ponce had deep ties with Satterfield working with the head ball coach at App State.

In the portal, Louisville has lost 15 scholarship players from last year’s team. Russ Yeast, Anthony Johnson, and Lovie Jenkins all could have been starters in the secondary. Jawon Pass and Tee Webb leaving caused major depth issues at quarterback. The program landed Nebraska transfer Luke McCaffrey to fill the void, but the former blue-chip recruit decided to depart after just a couple of days on campus. Not great.

To help fill the void, Louisville just signed the best recruiting class of the Satterfield era but the Cardinals are still bringing in just two top-500 recruits. In the portal, the program landed Virginia Tech transfer Bryan Hudson to shore up the offensive line to go along with Georgia Southern safety Kenderick Duncan and Southern Miss nose tackle Jacques Turner. However, it still feels like there are holes on the roster.

The Cardinals have major questions at the skill talent positions on offense. On defense, the pieces are available for coordinator Bryan Brown to have his first good unit at UofL but there appears to be a lack of top-end talent in the group. This is all going into a year where Louisville plays a very tough non-conference slate — Ole Miss, UCF, Kentucky — to go along with road trips to Florida State and NC State with a home game against Clemson in ACC play. Meanwhile, people are leaving the program in a hurry.

Satterfield’s seat could be warming.

Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR

13 Comments for Louisville football loses recruiting coordinator in middle of recruiting weekend

  1. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    11:35 am June 12, 2021 Permalink

    The quicker they fire him the quicker they can get back to being a decent opponent.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:53 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

      As much as I enjoy us beating them no matter what, it’s a lot more satisfying when they are good enough that they think they might win.

    • peaches76
      4:15 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

      Unfortunately, they feel that way most of the time…regardless of actual results

    • bigbluebg
      2:36 pm June 13, 2021 Permalink

      They honestly believed they would win the last time we played them.

      They even blamed the loss on the rain.
      I’m 100% OK with them sucking sack for as long as we did lol.
      They still say we suck because they didn’t understand that it’s playing in a big boy conference isn’t the same as playing in C-USA and then notching 1 or 2 wins against P5 teams in the non-con and/or a bowl.
      Now they somewhat understand what it’s like to have to go thru the GRIND OF AN SEC SCHEDULE lol

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:01 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

      You’re both right. I love beating them when it actually matters but also know that they could be loaded to them brim with a team of no stars that couldn’t make state in Alaska and they still think they’re national title contenders.

    • csnailnrun
      7:58 pm June 13, 2021 Permalink

      I anxiously awake them to continue to get worse and to never have an relevancy even at a D3 level.
      Dirty birds and L’s down 4 Life

  2. TBW3011
    11:51 am June 12, 2021 Permalink

    That place is a dumpster fire.

  3. WildKat1
    12:36 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

    This makes me want to cry… NO, WAIT… this makes smile! The Cats, and three other SEC teams. offered Popeye Williams. Maybe he will wake-up and realize the Cards ship is sinking.

  4. gacat123
    1:13 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

    Wow. Just wow

  5. 4evrUKBlue
    2:22 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

    Insert Titanic soundtrack here.

  6. ClutchCargo
    3:03 pm June 12, 2021 Permalink

    Ya hate to see it. 😛

  7. csnailnrun
    8:06 pm June 13, 2021 Permalink

    Serious question… how many players does Loserville have on their roster? With their mass exodus taking place out of the garbage dump and what seems to be a few anemic recruiting years, there can’t be much left. LOL