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Louisville lands interesting transfer quarterback

Jack Plummer looking on

Sep 10, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jack Plummer (13) during the fourth quarter against the UNLV Rebels at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

New Louisville head coach Jeff Brohm is running it back with a familiar QB.

Graduate transfer Jack Plummer announced on social media Wednesday that he has officially committed to Louisville. The move reunites Plummer with Brohm, who just took over as Cardinals coach after six seasons as the head coach at Purdue. Plummer spent the first three seasons of his college career with Brohm’s Purdue program before transferring to Cal.

After throwing for 3,095 total yards with 21 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 2022, Plummer has a good chance of being Louisville’s starting QB next season. But it is worth noting that Plummer was benched by Brohm in favor of backup Aidan O’Connell during Plummer’s final season at Purdue. Cal also went a mere 4-8 this year with Plummer as their starter.

Louisville may just be trying to fill the gap with a one-year player before four-star dual-threat commit Pierce Clarkson arrives for 2024. Meanwhile, Brohm, whose hiring sparked a lot of excitement, gets to kick off his tenure with a familiar face under center.

Louisville finally lands their dream coach

Jeff Brohm wearing a headset

Oct 8, 2022; College Park, Maryland, USA; Purdue Boilermakers head coach Jeff Brohm during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at SECU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville fans were crushed four years ago when Jeff Brohm turned down an opportunity to become the team’s head coach, but they have finally gotten their wish.

Brohm is finalizing a contract to become the next head coach at Louisville, ESPN’s Chris Low reports. The deal is worth around $35 million over six seasons.

The hire has been a long time coming for Louisville. Brohm was a quarterback for the Cardinals in the 1990s. He was their top choice to replace Bobby Petrino after the 2018 season. However, Brohm had just finished only his second season as Purdue’s head coach at the time. He did not want to leave the program that quickly, so he turned Louisville down.

Louisville then hired Scott Satterfield, who went 25-24 in four seasons with the Cardinals. Satterfield on Monday was named the new head coach at Cincinnati, where he will replace Luke Fickell. Satterfield is now dealing with an extremely awkward bowl game situation.

Brohm led Purdue to a 36-34 record over his six seasons there. The Boilermakers went 9-4 and won the Music City Bowl last year. They won the Big Ten West thid season and will face LSU in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 2.

Fans of Louisville were so irate when Brohm turned the job down in 2018 that many of them crossed the line in expressing their frustration. Still, it seemed like only a matter of time before Brohm returned to his alma mater.

Video: Louisville burns UCF with cool trick play for touchdown

Louisville trick play touchdown

UCF scored against Louisville on Friday night with a trick play. A quarter later, Louisville answered with a trick play of their own that went for a touchdown.

First, here was the way the Knights scored on a throwback pass to quarterback Dillon Gabriel in the third quarter.

That was pretty. It also tied the game at 21.

Then in the fourth quarter, Louisville took a 35-28 lead on a Braden Smith pass to Trevion Cooley for a touchdown.

Goodness, was he open. Someone at UCF needs to be fired for that. How did the defense not have that one better defended?

Not only did the game feature trick plays, but the score differential never drifted beyond seven points, making it for a close contest. That’s what you want out of a game, unless it’s your team involved.

This is why Louisville had to postpone game against Virginia

Louisville Cardinals logo

Louisville and Virginia were set to play on Saturday, but the game has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the Cardinals’ program. Specifically, the outbreak hit the team’s defense and left them light on defensive linemen.

Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said on Wednesday that the football program has 10 players infected with COVID-19 and five more in quarantine. Five members of the support staff have COVID-19 and two are in quarantine.

Of the 10 players infected with COVID-19, nine were on defense and one on offense. The team was down to just three scholarship defensive linemen. Some programs are still able to play in games despite COVID-19 cases, but not having enough defensive linemen was part of the reason to postpone.

The Cardinals have also paused all football activities for the time being.

Louisville is 2-5 on the season and Virginia 2-4. Their game has been postponed until the following Saturday, Nov. 14.

5 college football programs on the rise

Mack Brown

With the roster turnover in college football, the right coach and recruiting strategy can take a moribund program to a contender within a span of two-to-three years. Personnel matters, but so do momentum and improving what you already have.

In the past year or two, we’ve seen plenty of programs showing the potential to take a big step forward. Here are five programs that are definitely on the rise.

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Louisville to wear uniforms honoring Muhammad Ali

Louisville Cardinals

Muhammad Ali is one of the most famous and influential people to ever come from Louisville, and the city’s football team is planning to honor the late boxer with its uniforms during this weekend’s game.

On Tuesday, the University of Louisville shared a preview of the uniforms its football team will wear on Saturday when they host Boston College. They feature a color scheme that is similar to the trunks Ali wore in addition to arched lettering which matches the back of the champion’s famous robe.

We have seen prominent figures from all of the major sports honor Ali since his death in 2016, and it’s nice to see Louisville keeping it going more than three years later.

The Cardinals fell to 2-2 with a loss at Florida State last weekend. BC is 3-2 and also coming off a loss against Wake Forest.

Report: Louisville to hire Scott Satterfield as head coach

Louisville Cardinals

The Louisville Cardinals have their new football coach.

According to Jake Lourim and Danielle Lerner of the Louisville Courier Journal, the Cardinals will hire Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield as their new head football coach. The hire will be confirmed at a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Terms of the contract are not public, but the Cardinals will have to pay a relatively paltry $425,000 buyout to hire Satterfield away from Appalachian State.

Satterfield is Louisville’s second choice. They originally targeted Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, but he rejected their offer to stay with his current employer. Satterfield immediately emerged as the second choice, and the process was wrapped up relatively quickly. He’s been very successful at Appalachian State, posting a 51-24 career record, but will be making a big jump as he moves to Louisville.

Report: Louisville may target Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield

Louisville Cardinals

With their top choice out of the picture, the Louisville Cardinals are moving to other options for their new football coach.

According to Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, the Cardinals could look toward Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield as their next option after Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spurned his alma mater to stay where he is.

Satterfield has been very successful, posting a 50-24 record at Appalachian State. He may be a good hire, but he’s not going to be the marquee name that would liven up an apathetic fanbase.

Satterfield was linked to the North Carolina job that has since been filled by Mack Brown. He has no ties to Louisville, but it would be a significant step up from his current position in terms of prestige and resources, so it seems likely that he’d welcome any overtures.

Jeff Brohm rejects Louisville to stay at Purdue

Jeff Brohm

The Louisville Cardinals will have to move to Plan B in their coaching search.

According to various reports, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has decided to remain in his current position, turning down Louisville in the process. Brohm confirmed the news, issuing a statement saying “the timing was not ideal” to move to Louisville, his alma mater.

With his ties to the school, Brohm had been Louisville’s preferred choice. He had, however, said that he intended to remain with Purdue all along, and he has stayed true to his word. It’s a big day for the Boilermakers and a significant setback for the Cardinals, who will have to move further down the list of Bobby Petrino replacements.

Jeff Brohm reportedly meets with Louisville AD

Jeff Brohm

Jeff Brohm has insisted that he will remain at Purdue, but that did not stop him from meeting with a Louisville official on Tuesday, according to a report.

Cardinal Authority reports that Brohm met with Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra in central Indiana on Tuesday. They say no decision was made but that one could come from Brohm by early Wednesday.

Louisville fired Bobby Petrino, who was in his second stint with the school, amid a horrible 2-10 season. Their interest for a new head coach starts and ends with Brohm, who played and coached at Louisville, and whose family roots are deep within the school.

Brohm is in his second season at Purdue and has the program 6-6 for the second year in a row (they finished 7-6 last season after winning their bowl game). His Boilermakers impressively beat Ohio State, Iowa, and BC and have averaged nearly 32 points per game this season.

Brohm said as recently as Saturday that he is looking forward to remaining at Purdue.