Delaying The Inevitable Costly Either Way

Another Steve Kragthorpe news conference has come and gone without any hint of a resignation, despite assurances again from “trusted sources” beforehand that he might show his hand to University of Louisville football fans.

With five games remaining, one can only conclude that the coach intends to finish out the season, and that athletic director Tom Jurich will not intervene. He will complete the year no matter how bad it gets on the field or how strident the fans. Open letters from long-time fans, pleas for relief, and empty seats will be noted but no action will be forthcoming, thank you.

For now.

So that shifts the question to whether Jurich will decide to give Kragthorpe one more season and condemn Louisville fans to the equivalent of purgatory, even though they have already landed in football hell.

Fans know this team isn’t getting any better. The coaches know and Tom Jurich knows. The question is wide open as to whether the team is any better than it was last season, with most people concluding that it is not. The players know and it may have something to do with the plague of injuries. Losing and uncertainty affect the physical you know.

U of L should be past the point of allowing Kragthorpe a fourth season. The only deterrent would be the reported buyout, ranging from $3 million to $5 million, depending on who one asks. That’s a lot of money for a losing football. However, program can’t afford the status quo. There’s just too much to lose.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

9 thoughts on “Delaying The Inevitable Costly Either Way

  • October 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm
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    NONE of the “true” insiders EVER indicated that he would resign before the end of the season– they only said it MIGHT happen and ONLY if the heat gets too bad on K’s family.

    Which…. if we had lost to So Miss AND Ark St — it might have

  • October 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm
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    This analysis gets three “Amen”s.

    And an “I definitely agree” to frankpos.

  • October 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm
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    Let’s see…if I’m Steve Kragthorpe and I can resign, get paid nothing and immediately begin a search for a new job OR get fired, get rich and be a little more selective in my job search…

    Yeah, can me…Jurich. I’m not going anywhere. To quote the old Randy Newman song…
    “It’s money that matters. Hear what I say.”

    • October 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm
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      I love anyone who knows Randy Newman. Sorry Paul.

      • October 28, 2009 at 4:39 am
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        LOL. I think we memorized that entire album “Little Criminals” back in 1976, CB.

        Four Field Hockey chicks in a rented house off campus…should have been a sitcom…or drama flick

  • October 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm
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    I would seriously love to see Kragthorpes Cards play a game against TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL! I’m sure UofL would win, but it would be close…

    • October 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm
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      A game against Trinity would be entertaining, but, despite how bad Kragthorpe is at creating a game plan, it wouldn’t be close.

      Nice post Charlie and accurate reply Frank.

  • October 27, 2009 at 9:12 pm
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    THREE MILLION to FIVE MILLION??!!! I had no idea it was that steep, Charlie. Why in the world did TJ give this guy such a cushion? I agree with Sonja’s assessment, too.
    Wonder if Krag’s dad is in his ear ALL the time telling him to be a big boy, hang tough and make TJ fire him so he’ll get the big check.

  • October 29, 2009 at 6:50 pm
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    Just heard the first caller on Kragthorpe’s radio show ask him to resign. Kragthorpe thanked him for his comments, but said he would not. He sould have asked what it would take for him to resign.

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