LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) New Louisville coach Scott Satterfield's first step toward rebuilding the Cardinals' football program was shoring up morale.
Lack of confidence was evident in the Cardinals' 2-10 season that led to his hiring last Dec. 4 . The disconnect between players and coaches seemed to widen with each lopsided loss - resulting in Bobby Petrino's firing after a 2-8 start. Getting players to buy in to the incoming staff took time.
"People just checked out, coaches included," wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick said. "Once that ball spiraled downhill and kept rolling, I felt like it just got really contagious."