Disclaimer:Â No one here is blaming the fan base for anything that has happened on the football field, not even close.
It is understandable that many University of Louisville football fans are upset and angry about the way the season is going. The outlook for the anything better than three more losses is bleak. This dismal outlook is painful.
Deterred briefly by a surprising win over South Florida, numerous fans have resumed calling for Steve Kragthorpeâ€™s removal after the two most recent losses. In fact, if some noisy malcontents had their way, Kragthorpe would be gone, jerked out of practice in front of the players, before the next game.
What’s mindboggling is that some irate fans are suggesting that Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics, is negligent. It didnâ€™t take long for the underbelly of the fan base to reveal its ugly side, did it? Mind you thatâ€™s the Tom Jurich, the man behind changing the landscape on Floyd Street, getting U of L into the Big East Conference, and recognized by his peers as Athletic Director of the Year in 2006.
Tom Jurich is a big boy. He can take care of himself, and we trust him with the athletic program, even though he may have created a monster in terms of fan expectations.
Whatâ€™s unacceptable, however, is that a few of the more vociferous people are discouraging other U of L fans from attending this Fridayâ€™s game with Cincinnati. They want to send a â€œmessageâ€ to the athletic administration, as if Jurich were not acutely aware of the challenges.
People who stay home will send a message all right, demonstrating to potential recruits and current players that U of L is just another school with more than its share of fair weather followers â€“ unlike those of a traditional power such as University of Tennessee where 90,000 fans will show up at the next home game despite the Volsâ€™ 3-7 won-lost record and being an underdog to Kentucky, of all teams.
People who fail to show up arenâ€™t hurting the university financially because, with eight home games, U of L has already sold more tickets this year than any season in the schoolâ€™s history. They do, however, harm the reputation of the fan base and the program they claim to love.