BOZICH | Satterfield endorsed by former Louisville great Joe Jacoby
By Rick Bozich
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Joe Jacoby saw what you saw, what I saw, what everybody saw if they watched the University of Louisville football team for more than 15 seconds this season.
“Just a lack of passion,” Jacoby said. “I didn’t see much pride. I saw a lot of undisciplined plays that I had not seen at U of L for a long, long time.”
I believe we can all agree on that.
This was Sept. 29, one of Louisville’s better performances during the Cardinals’ desultory 2-10 season. Louisville came from ahead to lose to Florida State, 28-24. Jacoby, a former U of L star, was in Cardinal Stadium that Saturday.
Like everybody, he wondered: What’s going on?
“You watched them play and you couldn’t believe it,” said Jacoby, who also won three Super Bowls with the Washington Redskins. “How sloppy they were playing. How disinterested they looked.
“I heard people say they really missed (former quarterback) Lamar Jackson, but this is major college football. One individual doesn’t make a football team. I watched a few other games on television, like the Clemson game, and there wasn’t much there to see.”
There was certainly one thing to see: It was time for a change at the top of the program. U of L athletic director Vince Tyra fired Bobby Petrino Nov. 11 with two games remaining.
Petrino’s replacement will be introduced at Cardinal Stadium Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. His name is Scott Satterfield — and for the last four seasons Satterfield has dominated the Sun Belt Conference at Appalachian State.
Jacoby likes that credential about the Cardinals’ new coach, but there is another credential he likes more:
Satterfield has the respect of Jacoby’s former coach — Joe Gibbs, the NFL Hall of Famer, who won the Super Bowl with the Redskins in 1983, 1988 and 1992.
“Joe is as meticulous and attentive to detail as anybody I know and Joe likes the way Coach Satterfield coaches,” Jacoby said.
Obvious follow-up question: How would Joe Gibbs know how Scott Satterfield coaches?
Check the Mountaineers’ roster. Gibbs has two grandsons at Appalachian State. Jackson Gibbs is a redshirt freshman quarterback who transferred to App State from UCLA. His younger brother, Miller, was a freshman tight end for the Mountaineers.
“Joe knows football and having both of his grandsons there tells you what he thinks of Coach Satterfield,” Jacoby said.
The Gibbs-Satterfield relationship is solid. Gibbs was the speaker at Appalachian State’s Legends Gala last June. Satterfield was a celebrity golfer at the charity event that Gibbs sponsored in Charlotte last May.
That was Jacoby’s introduction to Satterfield. Consider Jacoby impressed.
“I have no doubt that he’ll try to develop his players as individuals as well as football players,” Jacoby said. “I think he’s like Coach Gibbs in that he doesn’t cuss.
“In all the years I played for Coach Gibbs, Joe didn’t even use the word ‘ass.’ He’d say ‘butt.’ That didn’t mean he wouldn’t get on you. Joe had a temper. He coached you hard. But he had his beliefs and they were important to him.”
Jacoby, 59, retired from the NFL in 1993. He’s owned an auto dealership, worked on Redskins’ radio shows and coached small college football teams in Virginia and Illinois. He lives in Charlotte, but remains a fan of the Louisville football program. Jacoby endorsed Tyra’s hire.
“I’ve heard a few people question (Satterfield) because he’s moving up from a smaller program,” Jacoby said. “What’s that got to do with it?
“His record is terrific. I think he’s ready to move up to the next challenge. I’m pretty pumped up.”
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