Mario Cristobal will not keep his staff completely intact entering his second season as Oregon’s coach.
Inside linebackers coach Cort Dennison is leaving to join Scott Satterfield’s staff at Louisville, according to multiple reports, where he is expected to be the co-defensive coordinator.
The former Washington linebacker, who is considered to be a strong recruiter, was hired away from the Cardinals by Cristobal last season.
Under Dennison’s tutelage this season, Justin Hollins finished with 64 tackles, including 14.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks.
The senior was the only FBS player with at least five sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception. Hollins will play in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Oregon’s other starting outside linebacker, La’Mar Winston, led the team with 10 tackles during the Ducks’ 7-6 victory over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on Monday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
“He’s my third coach. I’m just thankful he’s staying around, especially for these young guys,” Winston said of Cristobal, who was mentioned as a possible candidate at Miami on the eve of the bowl game. “They’re going to be at their absolute best in the coming years with a coach like that and this coaching staff.
“Guys are going to get developed and get developed fast. I’m excited about that.”
Cristobal will have to find a new outside linebackers coach. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt coaches the inside linebackers.
FootballScoop.com was the first to report Dennison’s departure and is reporting that Stephen Field, Oregon’s director of recruiting, also has an offer to return to Louisville.
The Ducks’ 2019 recruiting class is the highest-ranked of the modern era.