It was announced Friday that Peter Sirmon has resigned as Defensive Coordinator effective immediately. In the below statement, Bobby Petrino thanked Sirmon for his service:
“I would like to thank Peter Sirmon for all his work this season at the University of Louisville. I wish him and his family all the best.”
Sirmon spent one season with the Cards after coming over from Mississippi State. The defense struggled to contain opposing offenses and dealt with injuries to key stars, most notably Jaire Alexander and Drew Bailey. The Cardinal defense, once ranked among the top 20 in total defense, found itself ranked well below that this season.
At one point they were the 109th ranked team in total defense which was similar to Sirmon’s defense at Mississippi State. His defense would finish ranked 62nd in the nation allowing opposing offenses to put up an average of 388.1 yards per game. Louisville finished 70th in scoring defense giving up nearly 4 touchdowns per game.
Normally anemic offenses like Boston College and Wake Forest were able to put up 45 and 42 points respectively against Louisville this year. True freshman A.J. Dillon (Boston College) ran for 272 yards and 4 TD’s while Greg Dortch (Wake Forest) scored 4 receiving touchdowns.
Now, Petrino and interim president Vince Tyra are tasked with finding another defensive coordinator before spring workouts begin in March. This will be the Cardinals third coordinator in two years. The Cards lose a ton of starters on defense and will be breaking in a new defensive line in the fall. We here at TCZ will update this story as it becomes available.