Louisville football tickets are finally in the mail

University of Louisville football tickets are in the mail, arriving in mailboxes all over town.

The long wait is about to end for fans eager to put the Steve Kragthorpe years behind them. Finally, in Charlie Strong a reason to anticipate an upcoming season.

Improvement. That’s what reasonable fans are expecting. Step by step, benefitting from mistakes, learning to win again. A slow grinding process over a long period of time.

Some, however, are wildly optimistic, predicting five, six, seven, even eight wins, and a possible bowl game.

Patience. There’s only so much one man can do, given what he inherited from the previous coaching regime.

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Frank Camp would have been in disbelief.

The late University of Louisville coach never saw the day when more than 7,000 fans would show up for a pre-season football event on Belknap Campus. But that’s how many showed up Sunday for Fan Day despite sweltering temperatures nearing the 100-degree mark.

Camp coached at U of L from 1946 to 1968, with a record of 116-98-2. He rarely saw crowds in excess of 3,000 at an actual game.

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The annual Louisville football posters have been obtainable for a while at various events, including the Eye Care Institute picnics. They’re pretty generic. No Brian Brohm or Michael Bush-type players to highlight, opting again to focus on the seniors. The posters are now widely available to the public at various Thornton’s and Rally’s locations about town. A full listing of the outlets is available at Card Chronicle.

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Remember Mike Leach, the former Texas Tech coach once speculated to be a candidate for the U of L job? He is joining the CBS broadcasting crew as a color analyst, according to ESPN.

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Marcus Campbell, a junior defensive end at UConn is out for the season with a torn ACL. A UConn blog said the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Campbell has sprinter speed and was poised for a breakout year.

Siena A Blur? How About Some Highlights

The win over Sienna a blur, switching back and forth between two TV stations and Slingbox, with wife, son, and three grandkids all huddled around the laptop on the floor at one point, demanding, praying, hoping, wishing CBS had people with common sense making the broadcasting feed decisions.

Grandson Koby was getting baptized over the weekend so it was off to Murray, in far Western Kentucky, far from Louisville TV stations, the only sources available in Nashville and Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The Louisville game was not available in the second half on either station so we crank up Slingbox which enables you to watch Louisville TV stations on the computer. The viewing is far from great but at least you can see the game.

We were able to watch the second half on Slingbox, at least until Siena made its run. Then even the Louisville feed was interrupted for other games. WHAS radio in Western Kentucky? Are you kidding? And, believe it or not, junior doesn’t have a radio and we weren’t going to leave our lucky seats and sit in a car, knowing that WHAS is a myth in that part of the state, as is the U of L radio network. The only option available was waiting, waiting and waiting for the tiny scores to change at the top of the screen, methodically, magically bending U of L’s way.

That was when Terrence Williams was turning in the performance of his career, carrying Louisville on his back, taking over the game, T-Willing it to happen.

The sad thing was that even most University of Louisville fans, watching their game in their own family rooms at home, missed his dazzling heroics. Here are a few highlights (not enough of T-Will’s, some of those are mythical, buried deep in the recesses of our collective heart):

Get The Darts Ready — The man responsible for all the network cutaways from the Louisville-Siena game was Mike Aresco, executive vice president of programming at CBS, who is sadly lacking in a basic understanding of his target audience, denying Louisville fans a chance to see their team successfully struggle for its basketball life. Some on his staff forgot to tell him that Louisville has the highest percentage of college basketball viewers in America, and the vast majority of them are U of L fans.

Mike Aresco earned the ire of U of L fans.