Author Archive: Charlie Springer
Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.
Forget the team went winless at Omaha. Still a great season.
The jerseys, which include the 2013 CWS patch, can be purchased for $100 each by contacting Vicky Frank at 502-852-5791.
UofL hosted NCAA postseason games sweeping Oklahoma State, Miami (Fla.) and Bowling Green in the regional before a two-game sweep of Vanderbilt in the Nashville Super Regional to get back to Omaha for the second time in six seasons.
Louisville returns 19 letter winners from last year’s squad that won a school record 51 games.
Still looking for the most economical way to get to Orlando for the Louisville-Miami football game?
Miller Transportation is offering a two-day Russell Bowl package that includes a motor coach, two nights of lodging and free breakfasts each day, starting at $460 each per person double, triple or quad. The rate for a single individual is $585.
The group will be staying at the new Hampton Inn & Suites in Ocala, which has numerous restaurants within walking distance. Ocala is about 75 miles from Orlando, with transportation to the stadium on game day. Game tickets aren’t included.
The motor coaches are similar to the ones use for the Sugar Bowl excursion in January and are equipped with free WiFi. The coach will depart Louisville at 5 a.m. on Dec. 27 and return Dec. 29 at 11 p.m. in Louisville.
Call Betty Miles at 815-0249.
The college football coaching carousel is getting set to start up again, probably in a big way if the University of Texas is able to lure Nick Saban away from Alabama. If the Crimson Tide feels threatened, no program is immune from the poaching.
One sure bet is that Bobby Petrino, currently at Western Kentucky University, is surveying the landscape, anticipating a quick exit from Bowling Green. One year may not be penitence enough for Bobby, but some big name program won’t be able to restrain its ambitions. If winning is the ultimate objective, that offer could come from anywhere.
The University of Cincinnati, which seems to lose its head coach every other year, may be safe this time around. Or maybe not, with Tommy Tuberville possibly interested in returning to the Southeastern Conference. Too bad for Kentucky which hired someone else a year too early. He might have been a good fit in Lexington.
Charlie Strong’s name will appear on a couple of short lists but those are wish lists, not to be taken seriously. Strong is already one of the top 10 highest paid coaches in the country. His boss Tom Jurich has taken some other precautionary steps to encourage his coach’s continued loyalty, including keeping Clint Hurtt on staff and commissioning a feasibility study on stadium expansion.
Jurich himself rejected overtures from Texas for the athletic director’s post, which many would consider one of the top jobs in the country. Texas fans certainly think so. But there are too many bosses and second-guessers in Texas for anyone to ever satisfy many of them when it comes to football. We suspect Charlie Strong would make a similar decision if Texas were to start looking this way.
Two-year-old Titus Ashby from Derby, Kansas is going viral with his mobility and 100% field goal accuracy. Looks like Wichita State may have the inside track.
University of Louisville fans deserved a break after enduring one of the least attractive schedules in college football this past season.
For their faithfulness and patience, they’re being rewarded in a big way, with the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando on Saturday, Dec. 28th. While UofL will officially represent the AAC, that’s in name only. The Cardinals have emerged from the wilderness, stepping up in class. UofL fans can finally say they are competing as an equal against a future Atlantic Coast Conference foe.
Louisville partisans have been tested, and passed the challenge in ways no one could imagined a few seasons ago.
Despite the lack of brand-name opposition, all seven home games at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium were sold out Three games with more than 55,000 in attendance, an average of 52,914 fans per game. Remarkable for a home slate that featured Ohio U, Eastern Kentucky, Florida International, Rutgers, Central Florida, , Houston and Memphis. A year of transition, the equivalent of Purgatory. No long-time rivals or brand names on the home slate. A year when Alabama, Texas A&M and Ohio State didn’t want any part of a team fresh from a Sugar Bowl victory over third-ranked Florida.
Considering the competition, it may have been difficult at times for fans to tear themselves away from the tailgating atmosphere outside the stadium. One long season, punctuated by noon kickoffs and dropping expectations at the season dragged on. Even the players may have found it difficult to get excited about some opponents. That, combined with Coach Charlie Strong’s emphasis on defense, the games often bordered on boring. And don’t forget the basketball season starting a month early.
The best game may have actually been a road game against rival Cincinnati. Thanks to Teddy Bridgewater’s heroics, the fans reveling in a twice come-from-behind 31-4 overtime win over the Bearcats.
Louisville partisans have been tested, and passed the challenge in ways no one could imagined a few seasons ago. Miami, with a 9-3 won-lost record, brings everything that has been missing. An opponent with a great football tradition, a program eager to regain its position among the national powers.
UofL has more than a dozen players from Miami who might have stayed home had Charlie Strong and Clint Hurtt not been at Louisville. The competition between the schools is on a trajectory to a new level, extending beyond the recruiting wars, to what could easily become another great rivalry. A nice introduction to the Atlantic Coast Conference for Louisville football fans.
And good riddance to weak football schedules. As UofL’s Tom Jurich noted Sunday, “We get a jump start on the ACC, we are so looking forward to that.”