Kragthorpe, Crean, Cats & Cards Go Kerthunk

Just yesterday I blogged that I would mention Steve Kragthorpe no more in this space. It is my intention to do just that.

After, that is, this one last rant in hopes of purging myself of the dismay over Kragthorpe’s virulent three year tenure as U of L’s coach. Upon the completion of which projectile venting, I/we hopefully shall be able to move on, and enjoy the professionalism and, hopefully, success of the new regime.

I’m more incensed than ever after reading C.L. Brown’s excellent and measured account in this morning’s C-J of how Kragthorpe blew the redshirt year for freshmen Mark Wetterer and Greg Tomczyk with a couple of plays in a meaningless season opening blowout of Murray St. What on earth could he have been thinking?

Or, to paraphrase the old Neil Young tune, “Did he think at all?”

I’m especially pissed at myself for having cut SK some slack after his resignation press conference last fall. In retrospect, that was as fraudulent as everything else about his tenure here.

Not only was he an awful football coach, he was also a poor disciplinarian. And did little to mentor his charges regarding the importance of their education.

He ran off Matt Simms, who is going to start, it appears, in the SEC this season. And Anthony Allen, now starring at Georgia Tech. When Laterrius Thomas transfered to follow his defensive coach to Eastern Michigan, Kragthorpe wouldn’t give the kid his release. Even though Kragthorpe had done that exact same thing when he was in college. following a favored coach from one school to another.

Steve, can you spell d*u*p*l*i*c*i*t*y?

Let me make one thing clear. Kragthorpe was a legitimate hire. He certainly looked like a football coach. And he could coachspeak with the best of them.

But in the end, he turned out to be the Wizard of Oz. Which, the more I think of it, is giving SK too much credit. At least that fraud in Emerald City, come out from behind his curtain, actually helped Dorothy’s pals.

I know most of this is simply a rehash. But I needed to purge.

And that’s all I’m going to say about He Whose Name Shall Never Be Mentioned Again.

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UK and IU released their basketball schedules.

Looks like Tommy Crean attained his Masters Degree at The Rick Pitino School of Scheduling.

N.C. Central. Savannah State. Mississippi Valley State. Northwestern State. SIU-Edwardsville. Geesh.

Please tell me Florida Gulf Coast is a vacation, not an actual opponent. Or at least an exhibition game.

Kentucky, on the other hand, plays a Denny Crum schedule. Only a couple of rummies are mixed in with Carolina, Notre Dame, U of L, legit Maui opponents and IU.

Louisville’s hoops schedule hasn’t been released yet. I’m told the Cards might be contesting as many as 22 games in the Yum! Center, including two exhibitions.

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The Cards hoops fortunes took an official major hit this morning.

It’s long been known that hot shot recruit Justin Coleman didn’t make grades. Today it was confirmed that Memphis State transfer Roburt Sallie was not able to transfer “due to the timing requirements of meeting the matriculation deadline for graduate school.”

Which developments, on paper at least, leave the Cards without a badly needed scoring threat.

– Seedy K


  1. Phil
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    A legitimate question is why did Kragthorpe get a “pass” from the local mainstream media during his 3 years here? Why didn’t someone stick a microphone in his face and ask him the tough questions?
    I have maintained that he wasn’t dishonest, just lazy. His attitude (what I am able to gather from very limited information since he never let down his guard) was the same as a guy who marries into a family business that he has no interest in running, but its such a sweet gig, he can’t pass it up.
    Its really a fascinating story of rapid failure, and one in which I wish we had the “back story” Maybe someday.

  2. cbcard
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Two comments.
    1. I knew the man was a liar after the Utah game in 2007. Utah ran a fake FG which several of us in the stands saw. Kragthorpe said a day later that a player was responsible for counting 11 Utah players and should have realized only 10 were set up for the kick (one was hiding on the sideline to run a go route). This is true. He also said he noticed the fake was coming and was screaming at the players to call time out. Not so. I watched SK up until the ball was snapped and he was standing stoicly with his arms folded across his chest. He never knew it was coming and was throwing his player under the bus. And if he had known it he could have turned to the official standing five feet from him and called the TO himself. I don’t need Joe Wilson to holler “Liar.”
    2. If Tom Jurich really knew after only a year SK was wrong for the job why did he wait another two years to fire him? My wife is convinced he is indulging in revisionist history. I never tell my wife she is wrong!

  3. J J
    Posted August 28, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Permalink

    More blame needs to be laid at King Jurichs feet. I know it is all in the past now, but to make the the comment that he knew two years ago is complete B.S. Two years ago he was telling us that our eyes were lying to us. He has the most thin skin of any A.D. that I have ever seen. Just like the Crum situation, he has a “I’ll take my ball and go home attitude”.

  4. Wildcat
    Posted August 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    If you remember, I called you out both verbally and in print for your softball goodbye salute to Kragthorpe. Anybody with even a modicum of football knowledge knew he was a total disaster from jump. Any AD who cared about a program and its fan base would have pulled the trigger after year one unless he was blind or blackmailed or stupid.

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