LSU job open again, but Bobby Petrino ‘not interested’

Bobby Petrino flattered but he has a better job at Louisville.
Bobby Petrino not wasting any time addressing LSU job vacancy this time around.

Bobby Petrino addressed the coaching vacancy at LSU at his first opportunity, the Monday afternoon press conference for University of Louisville football:

“I’m not interested in going anywhere. I’m very fortunate to be the head coach here at the University of Louisville, very happy about that, very glad I have the support of our athletic director Tom Jurich. We were able to sit down last year and do a new contract. We’re going to expand the stadium. We’re coming off one of the greatest crowds and Card Marches I’ve been around (at the Florida State game). We feel like we’ve got everything going in the right direction.

LSU officials reportedly considered Petrino the last time the job was vacant.

“This is the job I want. This is where I’m going to be.

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Jackson not happy, but Louisville pummels Marshall

Brandon Radcliff was quietly putting up 131 yards and a touchdown. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)
Brandon Radcliff was quietly putting up 131 yards and a touchdown. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)

Just a Marshall Thundering Herd between major opponents. Nothing to get overly excited about. Go through the motions. Don’t show Clemson anything it hasn’t seen before.

Play with one hand tied behind your back. Put the second and third stringers in there early. Pull them if they’re slow learners. If Marshall shows signs of life or disrespect, tack on a few more points.

Keep Malik Williams a secret, let the clock run out at the end of the game with the ball on the Marshall four-yard line. Don’t let that secret out of the bag just yet. Let him score that first touchdown against the Tigers.

The University of Louisville football team drubs Marshall 59-28, ending a four-game losing streak over three decades to the Thundering Herd. The nation’s third-ranked team improves its won-lost record to 4-0.

“Offensively we were a little sloppy at times,” said Coach Bobby Petrino. “We had a great effort from out defense (which gave up only 220 offensive yards).”

Lamar Jackson looking more excitable than exciting during the first 15 minutes, tossing lots of incompletions, struggling for yardage, looking almost average. Still managing to turn in a 72-yard touchdown pass play to James Quick, however, to give the Cardinals a 7-0 lead after the first quarter.

The sophomore quarterback, who said after the game he made a lot of mistakes, would still complete 24 of 44 passes for a career-high 417 yards while running for 62 yards. He would pass for five touchdowns and rush for two more.

James Quick, Jamari Staples and Cole Hikutini collecting 98, 94 and 85 yards, respectively. Hikutini good for two touchdowns, Quick for the one getting UofL on the scoreboard first.

Brandon Radcliff taking some of the running game heat off of Jackson, chalking up 131 yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown.

Asked how he would grade himself on this game, Jackson replied, “I would give myself an F.”  Pity the poor opponent when Jackson finally brings his A game.

After four games, he has 13 TD passes and 12 rushing touchdowns.

 

 

New UofL Foundation Chairman says lawsuit not necessary or productive

Every day is Game Day at the University of Louisville for Brucie Moore whose first challenge as the new Chairman of the UofL Foundation is the threat of a lawsuit from the UofL Board of Trustees.

Moore, who succeeded Bob Hughes in the role last Friday, said she didn’t believe “a legal lawsuit between the Trustees and the Foundation is necessary or productive.” She said the Foundation has approved the addition of two new personnel to help respond to numerous open records’ requests and intends to be as transparent as possible.

Larry Benz and Mark Lynn during Foundation board meeting Friday.
Larry Benz and Mark Lynn during Foundation board meeting Friday.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Moore is from Waverly in Union County where she serves as County Attorney/Prosecutor. She obtained her law degree from the University of Memphis. She also serves on the UofL Board of Trustees.

“My heart is with this University,” she told reporters. “As I walk around this campus, I see the students, I see the faculty and staff. It’s Game Day every day on this campus. This University has been here over 200 years. We’ve had a rocky few months but every major university responds to challenges, and we’re going to move forward.”

Moore said she was in favor of a forensic accounting of Foundation records, something “that means a lot of different things to different people. This Foundation has grown so much so quickly that we need to get our arms around this process.”

She believes the audit should be a joint effort between the Foundation and the University. “All members of the Board of Trustees are welcome to have input into the process, including the naming of the accounting firm.”

Moore was appointed to the UofL Board of Trustees in 2008 by then Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear. According to the Courier-Journal, Moore has given at least $71,745 in campaign donations since 1998, including $4,000 to Beshear; $1,000 to Beshear’s son, Andrew; and $1,240 to the Kentucky Democratic Party.

According to sources, Gov. Beshear, a University of Kentucky grad, wanted to scuttle the UofL Foundation, and fold the organization under the auspices of the Board of Trustees. All recent Beshear appointments appear to be leaning in that direction.

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Last Friday, Jim Ramsey stepped down as President of the Foundation and Bob Hughes agreed to relinquish his chairmanship in the interest of the University and to promote harmony between the two organizations.

No indications as yet of any reciprocal actions from Larry Benz or Craig Greenberg, members of the Board of Trustees who led the attacks against Ramsey and the Foundation.

The Trustees will meet Thursday to consider nominations, the Foundation on Friday to consider requests for proposals to conduct the comprehensive audit.

Humble pie for Gene Deckerhoff, the voice of Florida State football

Gene Deckerhoff gets a large dose of humility.
Gene Deckerhoff gets a large dose of humility.

Never have I heard anyone more arrogant about their football team than Gene Deckerhoff, the Florida State play-by-play announcer, during his interview for a local radio sports talk show on 93.9 FM last Friday.

Deckerhoff got exactly what he deserved when the University of Louisville dissected the Seminoles 63-20 the following day.

At one point, Gene Deckerhoff said he “would have to use a microscope to find any chinks” in Florida State’s armor. He noted that FSU’s offensive line was by far more superior to last year’s offensive line. He also expected Dalvin Cook “to have a breakout game against Louisville to be honest with you.” And “I honestly think this is best defensive line Florida State has had in the last 15 or 20 years,” expecting them to get a sack or two of Lamar Jackson.

On and on, he went. Totally obnoxious.

Hats off to RedRageTailgate.com for the video below. The only thing sweeter would be Deckerhoff’s actual play-by-play. Here’s hoping that becomes available.

Time-lapse replay of another Louisville football milestone

After chalking up one of the biggest wins in University of Louisville football history, Coach Bobby Petrino just wanted to chill the rest of the day. Sharing during his Monday press conference.

A little early for Bobby Petrino to get too excited. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)
A little early for Bobby Petrino to get too excited. (Cindy Rice Shelton photo)

“I enjoyed Saturday after the game. It was really a lot of fun you know. Went home with my family, had some nice Italian food. My dad enjoyed it. We sat around and watched a couple games, and then Sunday morning I got up and went to work.

“You know, now it’s time to get ready for the next game but it was a lot of fun Saturday. I had a lot of fun on the sideline you know. It was fun for me on the sideline looking at our players and seeing their confidence and seeing their smiles on their face for what they’re doing out there on the field.

“Seeing the camaraderie you know. Listening to the O-line talk about running the ball to win the game. There were a lot of things that we really work on in practice and talk about as a team that showed up on the sideline and showed up on the field. That’s probably the more fun thing as a coach when you see all that hard work come out and show up on the field.”

Savor it again, courtesy of a time-lapse video from an enormously talented videography crew at the University of Louisville. Then it’s time to focus on Marshall: