Former Florida Gators offensive line coach Mike Summers is the new offensive line coach at Louisville, as first reported by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
Florida OL coach Mike Summers is new OL coach at Louisville, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 14, 2017
Louisville confirmed the news later on Saturday.
Summers had reportedly interviewed for the same position at South Carolina, and was considered a candidate to leave Florida’s staff, with reports suggesting that Florida had pursued Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and Philadelphia Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland as replacements for Summers.
Summers had been Florida’s offensive line coach since 2014, when Will Muschamp brought him to Gainesville from USC to replace Tim Davis.
He was the only assistant coach retained from Muschamp’s 2014 staff by Jim McElwain, and had earned both praise for developing Florida’s players and cobbling together effective lines in times of crisis and criticism for failures to elevate that line beyond effective or land premier prospects outside of five-star 2015 signee Martez Ivey.
With Cristobal now off the board after being hired as Oregon’s co-offensive coordinator, Florida’s most likely replacement for Summers is Stoutland, who had extensive experience as a collegiate assistant before leaving Alabama — where he coached with McElwain — for the NFL.