ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported today that Florida’s Mike Summers will leave Gainesville to become the next Louisville offensive line coach.
The coaching change marks the third in the past week for the Cardinals. Bobby Petrino replaced former defensive coordinator Todd Grantham with Mississippi State DC Peter Sirmon, along with hiring Fresno State defensive backs coach Lorenzo Ward for the same position. Chris Klenakis will remain on-staff as the tight ends coach and also play a role in recruiting, after coaching the offensive line the last three seasons
Summers has had an extensive coaching relationship with Petrino. Summers was at Louisville during Petrino’s entire first run (2003-06), coaching three All-Big East linemen (George Bussey, Kurt Quarterman, Renardo Foster) along with former All-American Travis Leffew and first-round draft pick Eric Wood. Summers also coached under Petrino in his tenures with the Atlanta Falcons and Arkansas Razorbacks, and coached at Kentucky from 2010-2012.
While at Florida, Summers’ offensive line allowed only 16 sacks in 2014, a stark contrast from Louisville’s 47 allowed in 2016 (126th in the nation). Summers’ unit allowed 28 sacks last season.