Kragthorpe Leaves as a Mensch

“Mensch” is a Yiddish word that roughly means “a person of honor and integrity.”

Listen to what Steve Kragthorpe did today.

He held a press conference two days after being fired. He answered the questions asked him by the local press. He had nary a bad word for anybody, not the mainstream press, not the online press, not his bosses. Not even for the vociferous naysayers, those who took Kragthorpe’s inabilities as a coach as a reason to attack the man and his family personally.

Then he met with the team that is no longer his.

That, Cardinal fans, is a stand up guy.

I’m glad he’s no longer U of L’s coach. He didn’t get the job done. And didn’t show that he would be able to, even if given another year or two.

But I certainly hope that, under similar circumstances of adversity, I can handle the situation with the grace that Steve Kragthorpe displayed this afternoon.

I wish him Godspeed.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. Michael
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    I heard some bitterness in a few of his comments. He’s still in denial about this team going 9-3 or 8-4 next year no matter who the coach will be.
    What BCS school would offer him an OC position? Did they not see any of the Cards’ games this year??

  2. Wildcat
    Posted December 1, 2009 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Mensch, my tokhes! More like ganef. Guy says he wants to be part of the Louisville community, woven into its fabric… but once he gets his 4 mil for destroying a once solid program in record time, he is so anxious to leave town he pulls his kids out of school just weeks before the end of the semester.

  3. Jason Jones
    Posted December 2, 2009 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    PUHH—-LEASE! The guy is a total Fraud.

  4. Rick Taylor
    Posted December 5, 2009 at 2:16 am | Permalink

    Not sure why he held this press conference, as he still was remarkably vague about specific issues he faced, as always. And some of his comments were veiled digs at fans and “critics”. Yanking his kids from school immediately also doesn’t seem too menschy.

    About his three job offers, Oh Really! As someone else mentioned, who would hire this guy? His offenses reeked. Not just the execution, which was terrible, but the schemes and play calling. And his recruiting was not very good either. Basically, he was very bad at putting together and coaching a team at the level for which he was paid many millions of dollars.

    You and I, and all of us could take the high road out of town if we had been given such a sweetheart deal by a buddy like Jurich. Giving such a salary, and guaranteed no less, to such a flimsy resume as Kragthorpe’s shows poor judgement blinded by his personal history with the guy.

    Bye Coach K, I never though ill of ye, and I never thought well of ye. Just scratched my head wondering if you had any clue at all how to do your job.

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