The Next Cards Coach?????

The bye week didn’t help U of L one bit in the ratings. Imagine our surprise. Not that it should have. Indiana State lost at home 0-31 to Eastern Illinois. The Cards are still off the post season projections radar. Just sayin’.

Given Louisville’s less than impressive opening game performance, the week off did allow the red & black faithful to spend even more time than they have previously, contemplating who Tom Jurich might hire to replace Steve Kragthorpe . . . when he’s so inclined?

Which moment might come about 2:43 or so this coming Saturday when the clock’s winding down on another decisive UK W to keep the Governor’s Cup.

Two names top fans’ wish lists: Tommy Tuberville. Jon Gruden.

One source told me last week that Tuberville is already a done deal. Which I doubt, but, hey, I might as well stir the pot.

Gruden’s comments that he wants to get back in coaching sooner rather than later have Cardinal fans frothing at the mouth. He’s got that Cardinal connection, right? His brother was QB here under The Schnell.

Frankly I’m not sure either would be a prudent hire. They make sense only if star power to fill seats in the expanded stadium is the top priority. Such a big name would be a similar move to the hire of Rick Pitino to kickstart U of L’s then moribund hoops situation. Besides, both will be looking for $3-$4 mill/ year as a starting wage.

TJ, remember, has really only made one mistake when hiring coaches. Albeit a big one, but it’s the only one. If he’s looking at the long run, he’ll attempt to uncover the guy who might be the next Bobby Petrino or Brian Kelly. Any up and comer with sense should look long and hard at U of L. The situation here is ripe for a Bobby Bowden or Frank Beamer. Somebody, if they have their wanderlust in check, can make U of L a perennial power.

Truth: At this juncture, I know nothing more than you. While TJ is standing by his man for the moment, he always — always — has lists and back up scenarios. (Remember he had Jay Wright penciled in below Pitino’s name, if he whiffed on The Rick.)

Were I a betting man, I wouldn’t lay any $$$ on either Tuberville or Gruden to be roaming the home sideline at Papa John’s.

– Seedy K


  1. gnash001
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    Looking at the long term, why hire an up-and-comer who’ll use the program to make a name for himself, then jump to an SEC or Big Ten job when they open up?

  2. Belmar
    Posted September 14, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Watch out Seedy, you may have riled up TJ’s blog police with this post.

  3. fred
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Psst! Phil Fulmer.

  4. Seedy K
    Posted September 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    Phil Fulmer . . . uh . . . I don’t think so. He’s yesterday’s papers.

    My theory on a wise up and comer is that, if successful, he’ll realize that he can build a legit perennial national contender here like Bowden did from scratch at Florida State and Beamer did at Virginia Tech, and like Schnellenberger and Petrino could have done at U of L, had they been wise enough to stay the course.

    As for TJ’s blog police, well, there are have been a couple of guys hanging out by the lamp post outside my house for the last couple of days . . . hmmmmmm.

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