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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — New Louisville coach Scott Satterfield’s first step toward rebuilding the Cardinals’ football program was shoring up morale.
Lack of confidence was evident in the Cardinals’ 2-10 season that led to his hiring last Dec. 4 . The disconnect between players and coaches seemed to widen with each lopsided loss — resulting in Bobby Petrino’s firing after a 2-8 start. Getting players to buy in to the incoming staff took time.
“People just checked out, coaches included,” wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick said. “Once that ball spiraled downhill and kept rolling, I felt like it just got really contagious.”
Louisville’s mood has been more upbeat under Satterfield, whose laid-back manner contrasts with the intense Petrino. The Cardinals will need a lot more than positivity to reverse their worst record since 1997 (1-10), but the new coach has stressed encouragement as a critical part of the process.
“You can’t always just cuss somebody out 24/7 every time you see them,” Satterfield said on media day, drawing laughter. “You have to show, you know
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