The name of Louisville’s next head football coach may be known before the end of Monday.
This according to FootballScoop.com, which reports that while Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield is still the leading candidate to take the job, a new “mystery” candidate has emerged. That candidate has since been identified as Maryland offensive coordinator/interim head coach Matt Canada. Football Scoop reports that Tyra and Canada are scheduled to meet today.
The reaction from Louisville fans has been ... not overwhelmingly positive.
Dear @vincetyra,— Carter Johnson (@TopperCard1992) December 3, 2018
Do not hire Matt Canada.
Every Louisville fan
Hell, Id take Neil Brown over Matt Canada. That's how bad Canada is.— Delish Tacos Devilish Shawn (@lvilleshawn) December 3, 2018
Louisville Twitter at the mention of Matt Canada pic.twitter.com/3teZz2Rie6— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_) December 3, 2018
My guess/hope is that this is a “see, there are worse things than boring” show in the direction of the fans who haven’t been overly enthusiastic about the potential hiring of Satterfield.
The only other update on the search comes from Steve Godfrey, who still lists Neal Brown as a top candidate even though most following the search believe he’s no longer an option.
Here’s this from Godfrey on the state of the program:
Either will be cast as a concession prize for a U of L fan base reeling from Jeff Brohm’s decision to stay at Purdue. Satterfield has become a favorite among Louisville decision makers, while Brown — the candidate with the most obvious Kentucky ties — has fought a backlash of anti-University of Kentucky sentiment.
The next Cards coach will be tasked with an immediate total rebuild of the Louisville roster, one that multiple FBS coaches described to SB Nation as one of the worst-looking Power 5 teams they’d ever seen. With UK’s football recruiting surging both in-state and in the Louisville area, the expectation for Louisville’s next head coach will be immediate improvements.
Multiple people connected to Louisville describe the situation as not a scenario in which a long-term rebuild would be tolerated, even if that’s what needed.
All fun stuff. All fun stuff.
Despite all the noise, it still sounds like all signs point towards Scott Satterfield being named Louisville’s next head coach before Wednesday morning. If that isn’t the case, well, then this thing could get ugly.