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Scott Satterfield Blasts College Football Leadership for Playing Yo-Yo with College Kids’ Minds

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Louisville’s football coach is right. 

Ugh. Those words taste weird as I read them aloud. Let me try that again.

I completely agree with Louisville’s football coach. 

Nope, it’s still weird. Not as bizarre as an episode of The Twilight Zone, but close. Nevertheless, it’s true.

In the midst of madness that consumed college football Monday morning, Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield conducted a press conference via Zoom. Instead of addressing what his team accomplished on the field in early practices, he spent most of the time discussing his players’ mental state after reports indicated that the Big Ten would in fact not play football this fall, even though the league unveiled a schedule just a few days ago.

“Some of the leadership in some of these leagues, to me, are lacking in the fact that when we set a plan and said this is what we’re moving forward with, let’s stick to it, until we don’t need to stick to it anymore,” he said.

“That’s the frustrating part. We’re playing with these 18-22-year-olds’ minds by some of these leagues doing these things, this yo-yo, saying we’re going to do one thing one day and two days later tell them we’re going to do this right here. That’s not leadership. We had months to plan out how we’re going to come back, how we’re going to do this, and we’ve been doing it.

“All the medical advice we’ve been adamant about … and our kids are doing it because they want to play, and they’re sticking to it and it’s paid off and it’s worked out. And all of a sudden, we get negative talk coming in here this weekend, and again, it’s hurtful, actually. It really is. We had players crying this morning in our meetings. They’re crying, because they want to play.”

Fans can certainly relate to mental exhaustion from the back and forth. The difference is that football players have invested significantly more into the season than any outsider could ever understand. Satterfield believes the hope of playing football this fall motivated many players to act responsibly during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’ve had no cases in our program because the guys are doing things right. They’re coming over here and they have purpose in their lives right now. They know to come over here and they’re practicing, they’re meeting, they’re lifting, they’re running, they’re doing all those things. They don’t want to jeopardize all that, so when they leave here they’re doing the right things and that’s all we can do. It gives them purpose,” said UofL’s head coach.

“In my opinion, if they end up opting out of this fall, what are our guys going to do? What’s going to be their purpose at that point? These guys have been playing football most of their lives and we’re in the fall and in the fall we play football, that’s what we do. So what are we going to do at that point? We have all these protocols, we’re testing, we’re doing all these things to prevent any spread of this virus. But they’re 18-22-year-olds. Do we think they’re just going to sit in their room 24 hours a day? It’s not going to happen, that’s the reality of it. (Football) gives them purpose, it gives them structure and it enables them to stay safe. Yes, football is a contact sport, but if the teams we’re playing are doing the same things we’re doing, then we feel like it’s going to be a safe environment for them to go out there and play.”

Satterfield is just one voice among the chorus of coaches lobbying to play football this fall. Not everyone makes the most valid or coherent points, but I think we can all agree that this exhausting game of yo-yo needs to end.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Scott Satterfield Blasts College Football Leadership for Playing Yo-Yo with College Kids’ Minds

  1. sprtphan
    4:58 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink


  2. sprtphan
    4:59 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Well said.

  3. Tom Bombadil
    5:17 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    He is right in my humble opinion. Yo-Yo’s! Ha!

  4. Lip Man 1
    5:39 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Very simple. DO NOT PLAY. “Problem” solved and you aren’t messing with kids minds (or more importantly their health)

  5. Good Times
    5:45 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Playing yo yo with people’s minds and lives; kind of like what the governor is doing with everyone in this state on a weekly basis.

  6. rebound35
    6:02 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Tell them to wait until after the election..

  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    6:31 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Good points by Satterfield.

  8. Not Dan Issel
    6:41 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    I agree completely with Louisville’s coach. Did I just say that?

  9. katmandue2you
    7:36 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    If you take football away it’s pretty much a certainty that there will be more COVID spread by the players by not playing than by they’re following the protocols they’re forced to follow and want to follow now.

  10. light my fire
    8:14 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Cancel football but keep allowing riots, protest, and looting. Makes sense to liberals.

  11. Thedem
    8:15 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    I also agree. I think his best point was if they play, they are in a somewhat controlled environment, most of each day. If they don’t play, they’ll be everywhere doing who knows what. So why not just play?

  12. wildcats8
    11:32 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Whole reason they are holding back on a decision is because they are hoping for improvements to be able to play. At this point in time if they had to make a decision today it would clearly be a no.

  13. chardun20
    12:19 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Covid 19 will still be around in the spring. At some point we are going to have to learn to live with and around this virus or we can set at home and wait to die. It’s not political, let them play, they seem to want to.