Kragthorpe’s Fallacy of Composition

Here’s part of Steve Kragthorpe’s argument for another year, after the Cards were throttled by Rutgers 14-34:

“They gave Dan (Hawkins) another year at Colorado and I’m happy for him. I’ve won one less game than (Pittsburgh coach) Dave Wannstedt won in his first three years at Pitt, so I hope I get another chance to come out and be the coach. I want to coach these guys and I want to coach at Louisville.”

“Fallacy of composition” is defined as “the error of assuming that what is true of a member of a group is true for the group as a whole.”

In other words, Kragthorpe is pleading: Those BCS league coaches got another chance. I coach in a BCS league, so I should get another chance too.

His is pretzel logic. It’s been stale and inedible for quite awhile now.

I’m not totally aware of Hawkins’ situation. I think he has a buyout less than Charlie Weis, but greater than Kragthorpe. That might be part of his boss’s thinking. Plus he may have a load of good young prospects on campus and coming in, so there might be a basis for hope in the air.

There’s a significant difference between the Pitt situation after Wannstedt’s third season and Louisville now. Recruiting. The Pitt coach got so much grief because he brought in studs from the start and his teams were underachieving. So there was that hope. Kragthorpe’s recruiting has been nothing more than ordinary. Beating Toledo and Akron for two star guys is not the same as beating Auburn and Florida State for four and five star guys.

I’ve said it many times, and I will now repeat. Steve Kragthorpe is a decent guy. Somewhat pious, not quite as stand up as he’d portray, but still personally likeable.

But only the very very lucky and the very very talented don’t come to a point of comeuppance in life. Most of us have aspirations and desires that are beyond our abilities. The sad reality of life is that, sooner or later, we come face to face with that. There’s always a better manager, a better salesperson, a better writer, a better athlete . . . a better coach. Our boss advises we didn’t get the raise, didn’t get the promotion, that he or she is bringing in somebody new to take our place.

It’s life.

Of all the traits U of L fans desire in their football coach, Steve Kragthorpe has met expectations in but a very few.

He has a very comfortable financial buyout. If he’s as well respected nationally as has been portrayed, he will land handsomely on his feet somewhere soon.

He was a legit choice when Tom Jurich named him coach of the Cards. Nobody wanted him to fail.

He hasn’t delivered. It’s time for a change.

I trust we’ll know in the next several days if one is in the offing or not?

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. Phillip
    Posted November 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    The kids play hard for Coach K. By all accounts he is a stand up guy and the distractions have been limited during his tenure. I can say the same thing about my kid’s third grade football coach. The fact is, he has beaten four football teams this year. The combined record of those four teams is 14-34. The combined 14 wins are over teams that most of you have never heard of…even if you watch sports. He is paid by the university to win football games. To win games and play in bowl games that generate revenue for the school. Revenue that pays his salary. He has not won games, has not played in bowl games, has not earned his salary.

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