On Thursday, the Louisville Cardinals officially introduced Bobby Petrino as their new head coach, replacing the departed Charlie Strong, who left Louisville to become the Texas Longhorns‘ head coach.
On his first official day on the job, Petrino made two major hires.
Earlier in the day, ESPN’s Joe Schad reported UAB Blazers’ head coach Garrick McGee would be leaving his position as head coach of the Blazers to become Louisville’s offensive coordinator.
McGee has gone 5-19 in two seasons with the Blazers in a near impossible situation. He worked with Petrino from 2008-2011, serving as the Arkansas Razorbacks‘ offensive coordinator in 2010 and 2011.
On Thursday afternoon, a source told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy Louisville would name Kevin Steele their defensive coordinator.
Steele served as an administrative assistant on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama this season. Prior to that, he was the defensive coordinator for the Clemson Tigers, where he is best known for Clemson’s defensive disaster in the 2012 Orange Bowl. The Tigers gave up 70 points to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Steele was fired shortly after.
After serving as the linebackers’ coach for his alma mater, the Tennessee Volunteers and the Carolina Panthers, Steele got his big break when he was named head coach of the Baylor Bears in 1999. He was fired after going 9-36 (and 1-31 in the Big 12) in 2002. He joined Florida State’s staff as linebackers’ coach before being named Alabama’s defensive coordinator in 2007.