Despite ‘conversation,’ Louisville’s Satterfield denies South Carolina interest

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Scott Satterfield reiterated Saturday that he is not leaving Louisville to coach at South Carolina, although he acknowledged speaking with officials at the school.

Satterfield, who had released a statement late last month that he has not pursued or initiated interest in any other jobs, also told the Louisville Courier-Journal that he kept Louisville’s athletic director, Vince Tyra, and others at the school informed of the contact.

Tyra said in a statement issued Saturday that he was “disappointed” when Satterfield agreed to talk with South Carolina about filling the vacancy created when Will Muschamp was fired on Nov. 15.

“Scott and I spoke earlier (Saturday), and he assured me that he is moving forward as our head football coach. I feel as good about Scott’s abilities today as the day we hired him,” Tyra said.

Later Saturday, The Athletic reported that Shane Beamer, once an assistant coach at South Carolina and currently at Oklahoma, will be hired to lead the Gamecocks. He has not previously been a college head coach.

Satterfield described his contact with South Carolina officials not as a job interview but as a visit “to listen to a conversation, and that’s what it is. … I’m not trying to hide anything from anybody. I’m not that person.”

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