Louisville appears to be in the market for a new offensive coordinator.
According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Dwayne Ledford is expected to be named as the next offensive line coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
The #Falcons are expected to hire Louisville OC Dwayne Ledford as their offensive line coach, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Ledford, a former NFL center, got into coaching in 2005 at North Carolina … where Arthur Smith was a senior on the o-line.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 22, 2021
Earlier this month, Ledford was considered to be one of the three main candidates to land the head coaching job at Marshall. That gig ultimately went to Alabama associate head coach/running backs coach Charles Huff.
Ledford becomes the third and the most important Cardinal assistant to leave the program this offseason. Quarterbacks coach Frank Ponce left to become the offensive coordinator at Appalachian State, and running backs coach Norval McKenzie left to take the same job at Vanderbilt.
There’s no other way around it: This is a big loss for Scott Satterfield. Ledford has played an integral part in a Cardinal offense that has performed well (2020 turnovers aside) for two seasons, and an offensive line that has improved dramatically from what he inherited. You knew it was a matter of when, not if, but I still thought we might be able to keep Ledford for a couple more seasons if he wasn’t able to land a head coaching gig. Apparently he was more eager for a new challenge than we thought.
Best of luck to coach Ledford at the next level.