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Rich Barnes - USA Today Sports
Rich Barnes - USA Today Sports

Dabo Swinney picked third in ACC Coach of the Year voting


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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Louisville first-year head coach Scott Satterfield has been voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinals to second place in the Atlantic Division following the program’s 2-10 finish in 2018.

Satterfield led the way in balloting among a select panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches. Satterfield received 23 votes, followed by Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall with 17 and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney with 15.

Taking the helm at Louisville following a highly successful stint at Appalachian State, Satterfield faced what appeared to be a massive rebuilding task with a program that closed the 2018 season with nine consecutive losses and went 0-8 in ACC play. The Cardinals were not only picked to repeat their last-place Atlantic Division finish during last July’s 2019 ACC Football Kickoff, they placed 209 points out of sixth place in the media’s preseason poll.

The Cardinals responded by posting a 7-5 overall record, a 5-3 mark in ACC play and earned bowl eligibility by mid-November. Louisville filled five spots on the 2019 All-ACC football team, including a pair of first-teamers in All-America wide receiver Tutu Atwell and ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Mekhi Becton.

Competing against one of the nation's most difficult schedules, the Cardinals played three ranked teams this year, including two in the top 10 in No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson. The Cardinals snapped a 10-game losing streak against ranked opponents with a 62-59 win over No. 19 Wake Forest on Oct. 12. It was Louisville’s first road win over a ranked opponent since a 38-35 win at West Virginia in 2011.

One of 22 semifinalists for the annual George Munger Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, Satterfield guided his team to the third-biggest single-season turnaround among FBS teams this year. Louisville is only the second team in ACC history to improve from 0-8 to 5-3 in league play in consecutive years, joining Georgia Tech in 1994-95.

Complete voting for the 2019 ACC Coach of the Year was as follows:

ACC Coach of the Year

Scott Satterfield, Louisville - 23

Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia - 17

Dabo Swinney, Clemson - 15

Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech - 2

Dave Clawson, Wake Forest -2

Mack Brown, North Carolina - 1

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eaglessoar20021
spacer That performance at FSU was fantastic. Great job
tigerdrummer®
spacer So the league awards Satterfield...
BigCUFan®
spacer Re: So the league awards Satterfield...
TigerSaul
spacer I would have voted for Mendenhall***
BigCUFan®
spacer Re: Hey, it won Lamar Jackson the Heisman, so there’s that..
TIGERI
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74TIGER
spacer Lose to Clemson by (only) 35 points - get COTY.***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Compared to expectations, Satterfield is the no doubt
76er®
spacer Re: Compared to expectations, Satterfield is the no doubt
jchast13
spacer Re: Compared to expectations, Satterfield is the no doubt
FutureDoc
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Playdough
spacer Manny Diaz picked last
CU''90
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djones73®
spacer Re: Manny Diaz picked last
djones73®
spacer Petrino started mailing it in ...
BigCUFan®
spacer Re: Petrino started mailing it in & in some cases "male-ing"
74TIGER
spacer Petrino builds his houses on sand***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Re: TNET: Dabo Swinney picked third in ACC Coach of the Year voting
FutureDoc
spacer This is another example of how everything the ACC does is
GWPTiger®
spacer Re: This is another example of how everything the ACC does is
PawsFan
spacer I couldn't care less what their record was last year
GWPTiger®
spacer Agreed. I would have voted for Mendenhall ***
BigCUFan®
spacer Re: This is another example of how everything the ACC does is
FORESTTIGER
spacer Yes, a trainwreck that is not that far removed from being
GWPTiger®
spacer COTY seldom goes to coaches who “meet” expectations.
apextiger