Monthly Archives: August 2010

SchnellSpeak: 08/22/10

The Schnell doesn’t leave footprints on Planet Pigskin like mortal men. That said, as a coach, like the Sabans and Meyers and Kragthorpes of the profession, he must adapt and adjust to the exigencies of the violent sport he mentors. Thus, after Saturday’s Fan Day scrimmage, Coach Quote with brevity put the injury bug situation […]

Motown SchnellSpeak: 08/18/10

College football’s Poet Laureate is hitting the road tomorrow. As I previoulsy mentioned, Florida Atlantic is playing a home game against Michigan State at Ford Field in Detroit. A big crowd means big bucks for the Fighting Owls. The school has an advertising budget of $180,000 for the game. Which leaves about $20,000 to push […]

Football Futures, More Footie Less Favre, Fatally Flawed Memory Plus

I’m working on a profile of Louisville coach Charlie Strong for an upcoming pre-season football print/ online issue of LEO, so I don’t want to use my best stuff in advance. Nonetheless, a few observations after yesterday’s luncheon. The faithful are smitten. Nobody has raised hopes like Howard Schnellenberger after Bill Olson pulled off the […]

Blue Monday For Real

It’s a Blue Monday for all who had to go back to work. Or school. But nobody’s feeling as bad as Dustin Johnson. Who goes down in golfing history as the Roberto De Vicenzo of the 21st century. Dustin, it was an obvious sand trap. Even I, who eschews every golf conversation of my pals […]

Louisville Hoops Recruiting, Nike v. Adidas, Schnellenberger’s Gamble & More

When The Rick hired Tim Fuller as his main recruiter, he did so in hopes of a bump of recognition among the future Dickie V Diaper Dandies. I’ve now had two observers close to hoops recruiting tell me that even Pitino is stunned at Fuller’s worth. The guy is connected. The Cards are bringing in […]

Louisville Cardinal Football Media Day Report

These meet and greets are usually by the book affairs. Lunch for journalists, who never pass up a free meal. This year, per tradition: Make your own tacos. Then the Dog & Pony Show. Offensive and Defensive Coordinators. Head coach. Then fifteen or so players at stations answering similar questions over and over again with […]

SchnellSpeak Returns: Fighting Owls Begin Practice

Finally, the man called The Voice by some in Boca Raton had some things to say about the upcoming season, the prospects for his Florida Atlantic squad and the future of the program. When Howard Schnellenberger talks, we listen. I knew the Pigskin Poet Laureate was rounding into supreme syntactic form when he talked about […]

Sypher Guilty, Pitino Out of Town, Jurich Supportive but Feisty, Fans Nasty

Karen Sypher was found guilty by a jury in Federal Court today of six counts of Extortion and Lying to Federal Agents. * * * * * According to U of L spokesman Kenny Klein, Pitino is out of town, and is unlikely to make a statement regarding the verdict. Tom Jurich met the media […]

Louisville Cardinal Football: Practice, Day #1

Practice was scheduled to start at 6:00 a.m. (That I thought it was an hour later is a subject I’ll address below.) My observations, in generally chronological order: The three QBs — dressed in green jerseys, while everyone else was in red or white — jogged on first at 5:50. The players started drills at […]

Louisville Football Practice – The Day Before

“TURN IT ON!” Charlie Strong’s motivational message hangs on the wall loud and proud several places in the U of L football complex. Inside the door used by players to the Trager Center. On the wall of weight room. On the Wednesday before fall practice is to start tomorrow morning, Louisville’s new coach apparently convinced […]