Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 8/16/13
University of Louisville offensive coordinator Shawn Watson has played a huge role in quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s epic transformation over the past two years. Watson and Bridgewater have formed a special bond that has been well documented. Louisville fans aren’t the only ones who noticed Shawn Watson’s success as the offensive coordinator after being given the job once Mike Sanford abruptly left the program. Watson turned down offensive coordinator positions at Virginia Tech, Southern Cal and Michigan State during the offseason. Charlie Strong and Tom Jurich showed their appreciation for Watson’s loyalty. According to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated, Watson agreed to a two-year deal worth nearly $500,000 per season. His previously salary was $325,000 per season. Charlie Strong deserves every bit of the national attention that he gets from his success here at Louisville. However, I think the staff that Strong has hired has played a huge role in the rapid improvement over the past few
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