Scott Satterfield nominated for national coach of the year award

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No conference wins, a nine-game losing streak and two wins turned the University of Louisville’s 2018 football season into a nightmare.

Bobby Petrino’s second stint at the helm of UofL was certainly a roller coaster ride. He was the man behind recruiting Lamar Jackson, the first Heisman trophy winner from UofL.

But, he was part of an athletic department shaken by scandals for years. Changes had to be made. Enter Scott Satterfield.

Satterfield turned a dysfunctional program around in just under one year. This year, Louisville has won four conference games (one being against a ranked opponent) and returned the Cards to bowl game eligibility.

He was named one of 22 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year award, announced by the Maxwell Football Club. Since the turn of the century, there’s been such a turnaround only five other times.

Even if Satterfield doesn’t win national coach of the year, he appears to a sure bet to win the ACC Coach of the Year. The Cardinals are projected to play in the Music City Bowl, Pinstripe Bowl or the Military Bowl.

Before Louisville can think of bowl games and post-season awards, however, there’s still business to be taken care of.

This weekend, the Cardinals take on Syracuse and close their regular season out with bitter, in-state rival, the University of Kentucky.

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