Deion Branch named UofL football program’s interim coach
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - On Monday, University of Louisville Director of Athletics Josh Heird named former Cardinal and Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch as the UofL football program’s interim coach through bowl season.
The announcement was made following UofL head football coach Scott Satterfield announcing his departure to accept the head coach job at the University of Cincinnati.
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Just one day before Satterfield’s announcement, UofL was selected to play against Cincinnati in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl in Boston, Mass. on Dec. 17.
“I am super grateful and super thankful for the opportunity to represent the University of Louisville,” Branch said at a news conference on Monday. “This is a tough decision for myself because we have 10 coaches that are super qualified for the opportunity to be in this position and it speaks volumes for Josh and the staff to actually select me to do this and I’m super grateful.”
Branch played for UofL from 2000 to 2001 and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 2002 NFL Draft.
In 2005, Branch was named Super Bowl MVP after tying a Super Bowl record with 11 receptions and became the first wide receiver to earn the award.
Heird said the search for a new permanent head coach for the program has already begun.
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