The spring football scrimmage had no beginning. The scoring system was displayed on the video board but there were no coach or player introductions. The players just sort of walked on the field and started running plays.
University of Louisville radio network announcer Paul Rogers, who usually calls the spring game, wasn’t on the PA system. Neither was Sean Moth, of “Another Cards First Down” fame, because he was doing the radio broadcasting the UofL-Villanova baseball game. Several minutes into the scrimmage, an unknown with a generic voice, started updating the action on the field. No hellos, how are you, thanks for coming. Just the naked, bare minimum details.
The unceremonious start gave one the feeling that nobody in athletics administration or on the football staff — whichever is responsible for the event — had devoted much time or thought to planning for an event that attracted more than 17,000 fans. Printed rosters were available, but you had to be a sleuth to find them.
The lack of pizazz is really inexcusable, especially when Vice President of Athletics Tom Jurich is out looking behind every bush in town for the money necessary to get the stadium expansion under way. U of L fans expect a first class event from a program that aspires to the highest level. No scrimping on quality. Each event should be recognized for what it is: an opportunity to reaffirm and promote the University and the football program.