By Tom Stosberg
Editor’s note: Somebody has their hackles up.
It may be a long, long time before Charlie Strong learns during his on–the-job-training at the University of Louisville exactly what it takes to beat a cupcake. During his 17-game stint, Strong has yet to learn that his choice of assistant coaches will greatly affect his chances of winning.
One detriment to Strong’s future will be if defensive backs coach, Larry Slade, is still gainfully employed on Charlie’s staff this coming Monday morning. Slade, the only holdover from the pitiful Kragthorpe era, continues to suffer from a variety inabilities including a complete lack of the ability to teach the game of football and no ability whatsoever to motivate student athletes to play the game of football.
This is blatantly evident in the fact that in Slade’s three years here, not a single defensive back has shown any indication that he has a clue regarding where he is supposed to be on the field. Passing against the Slade’s defensive backs is like taking candy from a baby.
Know this. I am absolutely sure beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Larry Slade is positively the nicest person in the world, behind only Mother Teresa and S. Kragthorpe, but he has to go. Now.
But that’s not all. Offensive line coach Dave Borbely is among the worst Offensive Line coaches in the game today. Not only is Borbely a disgrace as a teacher and motivator, he’s also one of the worst at evaluating talent. He is the only person in the U of L Program who DOESN’T know that U of L should have gone to the JUCO ranks to get THREE — not one, but three — offensive linemen to shore it up for Teddy Bridgewater. Bad planning, bad management, bad coaching, grounds for dismissal.
Borbely has a lousy track record. I was very disappointed when I learned that Strong hired him in the first place. His resume includes those super football powerhouses Rice, Temple and Tulane plus 4 years at that legendary bastion of major college football, University of Virginia. Zowie.
Louisville’s (Borbely’s) offensive line is both passive and lazy. They buy their clothes at Lane Bryant and they couldn’t block their grandmothers. Other than that, they are lovely boys.
Dear Coach Strong, if you want to be a nice guy to a bunch of cronies, go coach badminton. If you want to be a head coach, you have to get rid of the dead weight.