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Anonymous Big 12 Coach on Cincinnati Football: Bringing in Scott Satterfield ‘Doesn’t Make a Ton of Sense’

We’ve reached the point of the offseason where preseason magazines start to trickle out onto grocery store shelves and in .PDF format on Twitter and everywhere else you find your college football content.

One of the mainstays of the preseason magazine world, Athlon Sports, has long had a segment during this part of the season when they ask coaches, anonymously, about other coaches in their league.

There have been some very interesting comments from across the league in this season’s edition of the segment, including some comments about the situation with incoming Big 12 member Cincinnati.


“Scott [Satterfield] was a very interesting choice to take over this program. It was evident last season that Luke [Fickell] had made a decision pretty early on not to return. It was known that he really didn’t have interest in trying to transition them to a Big 12 program with a Texas-centric focus. … Brining Satt in doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense, but maybe it will work. He doesn’t have Ohio or Big 12 or Texas roots, and he never really had Louisville going: that’s a very similar school in a lot of ways. [Emory] Jones might have a chance of winning the starting QB job.”

Satterfield, former Louisville (2019-2022) and Appalachian State (2013-2018) head coach, was brought in on the heels of an 8-5 season with the Cardinals and will have his work cut out for him transitioning the Bearcats into the Big 12.


As the anonymous coach points out, it was an interesting choice to bring in Satterfield, who doesn’t have any legitimate ties to the Big 12, or its fertile recruiting grounds in the state of Texas.

However, if he wins games and elevates the program’s standards, that is really all that matters , especially with a jump into the Power Five in front of him.

It’s likely the Bearcats’ move will give him at least a few year’s grace to get things going, but if there aren’t returns by the 2025 season, don’t be surprised to see Cincy looking for someone with Texas ties.

For now though, let’s see how Satterfield does at his new gig.

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