A new football season is less than a couple of weeks away now. While expectations for University of Louisville football are tempered, there is some sense of anticipation. But just when a buzz gets going, bad news diverts attention to another sport.
— Rick Pitino’s involvement with a career home wrecker is exposed.
— John Calipari’s questionable recruiting practices result in red faces for two of Louisville’s arch rivals — Memphis and Kentucky.
The obsession over basketball stems from the fact that some area teams have won some national championships while enjoying only fleeting success in football over the years.
One school even has a live TV show to announce a basketball schedule three months in advance? That’s sick, grossly unfair to the football program. A clear case of poor management, lack of perspective. Excessive.
Football is the premiere college sport. It is the most colorful, the best attended, the most challenging, the best revenue producer for most universities, and the activity that earns the most respect for a school’s overall athletic program.
The observer gets into basketball in season, don’t misinterpret. But the football experience, especially a winning one, is more enduring.
Toss the basketballs back in the equipment room for a little while.