After four seasons as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team's offensive coordinator, Marcus Satterfield is headed to Temple University.
Satterfield was hired by new Owls coach Matt Rhule and will serve as offensive coordinator at the Philadelphia school, UTC coach Russ Huesman said Thursday night. Satterfield and Rhule worked together at Western Carolina in 2005.
"For Satt, this is a great opportunity," Huesman said. "It's a lot more money and he's going to be a coordinator in the Big East. The guy really wants him bad, and they know each other very well.
"You can't turn that down. Nobody in their right mind would turn it down."
Huesman said Satterfield told him Wednesday he was leaving and the search for a replacement already has begun. Huesman said he had reached out to a couple of possible candidates to gauge their interest and will likely talk with more during the American Football Coaches Association convention in Nashville next weekend.
"I'll go find a new coordinator and I'll find a good one," Huesman said. "I've always got guys in mind that I'm interested in, that I like and trust. ... Hopefully, very shortly after the convention I'll have somebody here."
Satterfield was one of the first assistants Huesman hired after taking over the Mocs in December 2008. The former Chattanooga State point guard and East Tennessee State wide receiver turned around a UTC offense that ranked among the worst in the FCS in 2008. In 2010 the Mocs, led by quarterback B.J. Coleman, ranked third in the Southern Conference in scoring (31.5 points per game) and total offense (430.0 ypg).
In 2012, after Coleman was drafted by the Green Bay Packers and UTC switched to a spread system, UTC ranked fifth in the SoCon in scoring (25.5 ppg) and eighth in total offense (349.8 ypg).
Satterfield did not return a phone call seeking comment.
John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...