Kragthorpe Fraud Keeps On Giving

U of L football fans owe another big thank you to former Cardinal football coach, the charlatan who passed himself as a martinet, Steve Kragthorpe. Here’s a release from the school, advising of lost scholarships, resulting from academic deficiencies during the Kragthorpe Era.

Cards Allowed Fewer Initial Football Scholarships This Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville’s 2009-10 academic progress rate (APR) for its football team fell below a minimum requirement which subjects the football program to an initial scholarship reduction for 2011.

The APR measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation for student-athletes.  U of L’s 2009-10 four-year APR for football for the period from 2006-10 is 908, which is below the minimum required mark of 925.  U of L will lose three of its possible 25 initial scholarships to award in 2011, but will be allowed to maintain the full 85 overall scholarship limit.   In anticipation of the penalty, the Cardinals signed 21 student-athletes in the 2011 class.

“Continuity and stability among our coaching staffs lends itself to better performance and unfortunately our football student-athletes endured three football coaches in four years,” said Tom Jurich, U of L Vice President and Director of Athletics.  “We want to improve our figures rapidly and I’m impressed with the measures Charlie Strong has implemented in our football program.  I’m confident that we are our currently headed in the right direction.  We have already addressed the penalties and have put it behind us.”

Second-year head coach Charlie Strong has emphasized improving the team’s APR rate and the Cardinals have already made strides.  Twenty-one of the 23 seniors who will be included in the 2010-11 APR report either have already graduated or are expected to graduate in August 2011.  In the classroom, the team’s GPA has also risen over the last three semesters.

Among the measures established for improvement include adding academic support staff to provide better monitoring and support, more frequent progress reports will be addressed with the coaching staff, additional consequences have been established for failure to meet academic requirements, and more frequent education about transfer requirements and issues will be provided to student-athletes.

The initial scholarship reduction will be announced publicly by the NCAA next week when the complete APR list is available.  Football is the only one of the Cardinals’ 23 sports teams (10 men’s and 13 women’s sports) which fell below the 925 level.  Teams below that figure over a four-year period are subject to contemporaneous penalties.   Five U of L teams have a perfect 1000 APR for the 2009-10 year report — men’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s golf, field hockey and men’s track — with seven additional sports scoring above 980.

– Seedy K


  1. Reverse Spin MD
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    More like thanks, Bobby Petrino! If the period in question is from 2006-2010, most of those players were guys his staff recruited, not Kragthorpe’s. In fact, the guys that are now pulling up the scores (Thanks, Charlie!) are almost all Kragthorpe recruits.

  2. cbcard
    Posted May 20, 2011 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    Have to disagree with Reverse. It isn’t who recruited the players. It is who made them go to class. Kragthorpe thought they would go by themselves and ignored the reports that too many players missed too many classes.

    It’s not that the kids are smarter under Strong. It’s that they know they damned well better go to class. With a six letter head start Kragthorpe couldn’t spell discipline. It showed in the GPA and it showed on the field. The man was a disaster. In virtually every way.

  3. Michael
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I would hope that an MD would exhibit logic…not so much with Reverse.

    Kraggy failed miserably in every aspect: coaching, mentoring, communicating, planning, teaching….

  4. Corso's Turkey
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    The Kragger put his stamp on the program, unfortunately his stamp read ‘FAIL’.

  5. Jason Puckett
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Granted, “coach” Kragthorpe didn’t have one essential element that Coach Strong has at his disposal regarding academic achievement:

    “Report to coach Moorer.”

  6. cbcard
    Posted May 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Not having a Moorer shows the lack of detail in the Kragthorpe era. Not that Moorers grow on trees (most trees aren’t big enough) but Kragthorpe didn’t seem to care enough to have any kind of an enforcer.

  7. mark
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:16 am | Permalink

    I just read Pat Moorer’s bio on the UofL website. He scared me, I’m going to study math for an hour. I’m 52, not a student and it’s 3:15 AM.

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