If the Big East football coaches were on target in predicting that Louisville would finish seventh in the conference this year, UofL football fans donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have much to look forward to this season. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upsetting to a fan base that traveled 40,000 fans to the Orange Bowl in Miami for the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first BCS win less than two years ago.
Some hotheads have already resumed their calls for Steve KragthorpeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s scalp after one game. Some air heads are even blaming Tom Jurich, vice president of athletics. Such is the nature of all too many sports fans spoiled by a little success.
But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s difficult to ignore the fact that UofL was playing with only seven starters from a year ago against a veteran-laden Kentucky defense. Delusional fans assumed that Hunter Cantwell, who saw only two quarters of play last season, would magically lead the Cards to a win. Yeah, and with a group of wide receivers who had never caught a pass in a college game. Some of those Ã¢â‚¬Å“receiversÃ¢â‚¬Â still havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hauled one in.
The problem some fans are having is recognizing that you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t defeat another team just because you hate their guts. This observer doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know whether Kragthorpe is up to the task for returning UofL football to the top 10.Ã‚Â Tom Jurich seems to think so, and we trust Tom Jurich.
Returning to respectability will take time, talent, experience and patience, all of which appear to be in short supply after the most recent loss.