English agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals.
On Nov. 19, Carr said he was retiring after the season, ending
his 13-year stint as head coach and 28-year stay on the staff.
Rodriguez, who left West Virginia to succeed Carr, fired all of
Michigan's assistants shortly after he was hired last month and has
rehired only one coach: Fred Jackson, who will have a role on the
English had denied accepting the position with the Cardinals
previously, in part because he was aggressively being pursued by
UCLA and Washington.
The Cardinals fired defensive coordinator Mike Cassity following
Louisville's disappointing 6-6 season in which the defense finished
84th in the country in total defense and 93rd in scoring defense.
"I'm excited about the opportunity at Louisville, where I'm
going to get another chance to prove that I can effect change,"
English said in an AP interview. "We need to change the
personality of the defense, and I can't wait to get started."
English was on Carr's staff for five seasons, the last two as
defensive coordinator, and was named rivals.com defensive
coordinator of the year in 2006. He started at Michigan as its
secondary coach after being an assistant at Arizona State, San
Diego State and Northern Arizona.
He earned four letters at California, starting at safety for the
Bears as a senior and ending his playing career in the 1990 Copper