Injuries to key personnel on the University of Louisville football teamâ€™s defensive side of the line have been well documented. Unless we missed it, however, there has not been convincing assurance from the coaching staff that Victor Anderson will be ready to go full speed against West Virginia.
The seemingly indestructible Anderson went down with a shoulder injury late in the Cincinnati game and never returned. Normally, no news would be good news. But over the past two seasons, UofL fans have been conditioned to expect the worst. Without Anderson around, the offense will struggle more than it has up to this point.
Anderson is Louisvilleâ€™s most reliable offensive threat. Lately he had even been returning kickoffs, replacing Trent Guy, whose playing time has been reduced to a handful of plays.
One would hope that no news is good news. Just once would be encouraging.
Where is Walter Peacock when we need him?
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Clueless Blackout â€“ Still mystified as to why Saturdayâ€™s game has been designated as a â€œBlack Outâ€ game, as are at least two other Card fanatics Frankpos at Hell In The Hall and Mike Rutherford over at Card Chronicle.
As Frankpos puts it:
“Iâ€™d like to know the PR genius who came up with this gem. Calling for a Black-Out game against West Virginia is so wrong in so many ways. But the worst is that it vividly draws a comparison between one of the greatest moments in Louisville football historyâ€¦and where we stand now.
“Asking/ordering pissed off fans to do this is one of the most asinine things I have seen during the Kragthorpe eraâ€¦and lord knows, there have been some mighty PR blunders during his two-year reign.”
Rutherford is a little kinder, but not much:
“I have no idea when this decision was made, but I’m assuming it was at some point within the last seven days. That’s not nearly enough time for this to have any chance of looking respectable â€¦ The vast majority of the fan base is already all sorts of pissed off and far more likely to be annoyed by this type of request than in seasons’ past.”
The big question in this observer’s mind is who handles public relations for the football team. Does anyone? Thereâ€™s a huge difference between a sports information director and a public relations person. Donâ€™t see PR listed anywhere on the organization chart.
Don’t look now but it’s snowing. Mother Nature apparently doesn’t agree either.