Coaches Can’t Win Too Many

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Indiana University has fired soccer coach Mike Freitag, despite an impressive record at the Bloomington school. He compiled an amazing 74-22-18 record at IU, including a national championship in 2004, his first season.

Freitag’s 12-10-1 mark this season was reason enough to sack him for IU athletic director Fred Glass, now searching for a replacement to carry on a tradition that includes six other national titles.

Advice to Glass: Leave Louisville’s Ken Lolla alone. He’s busy developing a national contender at U of L. And his boss knows the difference between a winner and a loser.

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The Waiting Game Continues

No word of any preemptive news conferences this week so Tom Jurich is apparently keeping his word about waiting until after the season to make any pronouncements about Steve Kragthorpe’s future at the University of Louisville.

Actually, Jurich said he would “evaluate” after the season.  But his mind was set several weeks ago. So why wait? The delay only postpones the inevitable firing.

If Jurich has already picked a successor, the obvious reason not to name a quick replacement to Kragthorpe is that the next coach has another game or two on the schedule. No smart coach would want to hit his current players over the head with bad news until the season is done.

An early announcement of a firing, however, would be tremendous from a U of L fan’s perspective, giving one reason for hope and plenty of motivation to attend the 11 a.m. game against Rutgers this Friday.

But that’s not going to happen, and there will be a crappy turnout for the seniors. Just more ammo for Jurich when he meets with Kragthorpe to communicate why the dismissal is essential.

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Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Kenny Klein, sports information director, who turned one year older Saturday. Nice gift, that reported Lexus from Coach Rick Piino.

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Tise is back. Chauntise Wright, the big 6-foot-3 center for the Lady Cards, is rounding back into shape. Finally. She was a  force, tossing in 15 points and grabbing four rebounds in 16 minutes in U of L’s 85-54 win over Tennessee Tech. See Sonja’s account here.

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The Volley Cards are back, too, eliminating Notre Dame and Cincinnati over the weekend to win their third Big East Tournament in five years.  Big East Freshman of the Year Lola Arslanbekova racked up a conference record 25 kills.

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Ken Lolla’s soccer team is gone, falling short of expectations, dropping a 2-0 decision in NCAA tourney action to Indiana University, a team U of L had drubbed 4-0 two weeks ago.


Louisville Soccer Gets 10th Shutout

[stextbox id=”custom”] soccerJump on the bandwagon time for University of Louisville soccer, which Wednesday notched its 10th shutout of the season with a 4-0 win over 25th-ranked Indiana University at Cardinal Park.  U of L is ranked 8th and 11th in national soccer polls with a 10-2-2 won-lost-tied record.

The team is coached by Ken Lolla, whose stated goal is to bring a national collegiate championship to Belknap Campus. The squad returns to action Saturday, hosting Rutgers at 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.

That U of L goalie is Andea Boudreaux from New Orleans, and he’s only a sophomore.
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