A fellow Cardinal fan suggested today that Koach Steve’s latest misstep — failing to show up for a high school coaching clinic where the assembled were awaiting his arrival — makes the U of L mentor eligible for the No Show Hall of Fame.
My friend argued that Kragthorpe hasn’t shown up on the sideline. Hasn’t shown up on the recruiting trail. Hasn’t shown up for PR opps. And the latest gaffe makes him eligible for the NSHoF.
I beg to differ. He has to be nominated by a current member of that august body. And, my sources tell me Ron Cooper hasn’t agreed that Kragthorpe meets all the necessary standards of ineptitude. How low can you go?
But seriously folks.
Many people around town are saying this is much ado about nothing. (To borrow a phrase from a big fan of the Stratford on Avon ScribeThrashers.)
I beg to differ. I agree with a vocal segment of the Cardinal Nation that feels this was yet another major blunder.
For a number of reasons.
Absent a death in the family, events such as a statewide high school coaching clinic is a MANDATORY ATTENDANCE EVENT. It’s the type of event a college coach puts indelibly on the calendar and schedules other things around.
Even if the scenario occurred as U of L has portrayed it — Kragthorpe couldn’t attend because of a previous commitment but that wasn’t communicated to the organizers — it is yet another sign that Kragthorpe isn’t ready for prime time. If he can’t get his summer appointment schedule organized, if there’s no responsible chain of command on which he can rely, how can he be expected to right the ship and finally get his team and coaching staff organized?
I keep thinking back to an incident that underscores Kragthorpe’s innate disregard. At a fundraiser held his first spring in Louisville, before he’d coached a game here, he was approached by my now late father-in-law, who was a major Cardinal fan of long standing. He greeted the new coach, started to shake his hand, introduced himself and said “Coach, I’m a big fan. We’re depending on you.”
Kragthorpe patted him briefly on the shoulder, said “I know,” and kept walking.
His coachspeak lingo says absolutely nothing, indicating a disdain for media and fans. His practices are lackadaisical compared with Louisville and the schools U of L was starting to compete with under Bobby Petrino. He has yet to show a scintilla of inspiration either on the field or off.
Oh, don’t get me started. Kragthorpe’s boss has his back. Nobody would be happier than I if everything I’ve written here and every signpost I’ve seen during his first two seasons are wrong.
But I’ve got a brother who lives in Missouri. He’d say, “Show me.” So do I.
– Seedy K