By Sonja Sykes
One sure sign of summer these days is when the various message boards start taking to task Coach Steve Kragthorpe, Athletic Director Tom Jurich and the University of Louisville football program for shortcomings over the last two seasons.
Unfortunately, on at least one local forum, the Kragthorpe haters and Jurich jabbers are given free rein. A disproportionate and largely redundant number of posters seem unable to recognize or have no regard of the effect of constant criticism on coaches, players or recruits â€¦ or the impact of unfettered negativism on the future of the program.
All this before any fireworks have been launched, or the “dog days” have arrived.Â And, from all indications, itâ€™s only going to intensify.Â Â As if we can do anything about it.
In the words of Lily von Schtupp in Blazing Saddles: “I’m tired.” Tired of all this meaningless pro/anti Kragthorpe jabber.
Cry about it, shout about it, laugh about it or try and doubt it:Â Fans donâ€™t have much say about who coaches the college kids down off Floyd Street. This isn’t American Idol or Dancing With The Stars. I’m tired of the pouting, cheap shots and rose-colored glasses. I’m tired of the insults that follow after the remarks are made.
What it is is college athletics. Sure, you can cancel your seats, boycott this or that or whine like a stuck pig in the barn gate door but you’re not going to change a thing. Â What you do accomplish is to make an impression on young athletes.
Tommy Fullback probably doesn’t care what Joe D in Somerset thinks about his potential coach. But if 50 Joe D’s are piling on, Â you can bet your last dollar that Tommy Fullback is forming an opinion. Shannon, over at Cardinal Dominance, points this out in his in-depth interview with future Card Mike Privott.
I’ve had players come up to me and shyly correct me on information. The kids know how to “Google” their name and their school. Think twice before you berate some young man or women (or coach) you’ve never met.
Love the players, love the game. Â Let’s act like we’ve been there before. The fuel and energy you use by fanning the Cardinal football flames only gives the neighbors to the east more to laugh, gloat and joke about. Â Whether the record is 8-4 or 4-8, give the players the admiration and respect they deserve. They made a choice and it was us.