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