Mediocrity Rising: The Kragthorpe Era Continues

Louisville was down 13 at the end of the 3d against Utah, having the only tally of the quarter, and its first of the game, to cut the Utes margin to something manageable to overcome.

My crew — serious, long time, inveterate, unequivocal Cardinal fans — certain of the outcome, another U of L loss that was as inevitable as death and taxes, left for home. I watched until the bitter end, hoping something might occur that would give me hope that, if a corner hadn’t been turned, at least Kragthorpe was approaching it.


With each game, more evidence mounts that the coaching simply isn’t there. A sideline infraction? First time I’ve seen that called . . . ever. Trent Guy carrying the ball on a sweep in his inside arm? Isn’t that a no no, drummed into ball carriers from the first day of practice? Vic Anderson, the Cards’ one true playmaker got only 10 touches. Justin Burke hit only 45% of his throws. Who is designing the routes and calling the plays? Organizational gaffes continue to mount. Utah, a team that couldn’t run this season, had over 200 yards on the ground. And the Cards blew another red zone opportunity that might have kickstarted a stalwart effort.

I’m beginning to feel like the boy who cried wolf . . . over and over and over again.

But I will repeat that, yet again, Steve Kragthorpe has provided not a scintilla of evidence that he will ever be able to turn Louisville football into legitimate player on the national collegiate football stage.

I didn’t listen to his post game press conference — What really is the point of that? — but it is reported that he said: “We’re close to being the kind of team we want to be.”

The coach hasn’t heretofore indicated he is a delusional man — more confidant in his abilities than they deserve, perhaps, eloquent master of coachspeak, certainly — but not delusional. But one is now forced to ask this: What kind of team does he want U of L to be?

One that continually makes critical mistakes? One that can’t score in the red zone? One that fails to put its stars in a position where they can star? One whose only win in the last 8 games is to the worst team in college football, a team which held a lead against the Cards at one point. Indiana State hasn’t scored in three games since U of L, losing to Eastern Illinois, Youngstown State and South Dakota State by a combined score of 100 to 0.

Kragthorpe’s pursed-lipped, eyes-focused-on-the-middle-distance sideline stare is turning to caricature. It would be laughable, were it not so sad.

There is simply no way to spin this tale. Louisville football is mired in mediocrity. And nothing will change if nothing changes.

– Seedy K


  1. cbcard
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    “Steve Kragthorpe has provided not a scintilla of evidence that he will ever be able to turn Louisville football into legitimate player on the national collegiate football stage.”

    Hell, he hasn’t demonstrated the ability to win a state high school championship. How much more do Cards fans have to endure?

    Posted September 28, 2009 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Let’s boycott Pitt. Maybe somebody will get the message. Empty stands should show the powers that be that the fan base just ain’t happy with this whole coaching fit.

  3. Crutnacker
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Perhaps Bobby Petrino is available.

  4. Steve Bittenbender
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    I still can’t get over the decision not to go for two after Louisville cut it to 23-13 midway through the fourth quarter.

    You just score on a fluke play. Outside of the opening drive, the offense was horrible. And with a chance to cut it to a one-score game, you kick an extra point? Huh? Am I missing something here?

  5. Michael
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure the Cards could beat St. X right now. There will plenty of empty seats by the end of the season. Maybe then, TJ will swallow his pride and ditch the guy…

  6. Mark Stanton
    Posted September 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Mired in Mediocrity? Sadly, I think you are being a little generous here.

  7. Donna
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Can we wait til another game to boycott? I don’t get to make many games and have geat seats for the Pitts game!!!

  8. Seedy K
    Posted September 30, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Donna — I’m in no way advocating a boycott. Have never mentioned it. That said, I would advise that if current trends continue, and no change is made, in the future you’ll be able to get all the good seats you want. And at a most reasonable price.

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