Halftime Breaks Can Be Terminal

What happened in the University of Louisville locker room at halftime against Pittsburgh?

Louisville, with Adam Froman taking his first snaps and calling signals, was playing some of its better football. Something for U of L fans to be genuinely excited about, for the first time since a huge win over a ranked South Florida team a year ago.

Managing a 10-7 lead before going to the locker room.

Only to see a total collapse after returning to the field.

Whatever it was that occurred in the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, it’s obvious that those 20 minutes weren’t well managed. They may have sealed Steve Kragthorpe’s fate at Louisville.

Maybe the better question is what didn’t happen in there.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Halftime Breaks Can Be Terminal

  • October 6, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall.

  • October 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    If they had been competitive during the second half, we wouldn’t be having this conversation about whether he would stick until the end of the season. You nailed it. These guys had every reason to be motivated and play above their heads during that second half. But they did exactly the opposite. Really, really strange.

  • October 7, 2009 at 6:18 am

    He should have just let the team wander the concourses with the fans for 15 minutes or so at halftime. A few beers, slice of pizza or hot dog and these guys would have come out pumped up and ready to run thru brick walls.

  • October 7, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Pitt made adjustments. We were ahead, so the coach thought no adjustments were necessary.

    • October 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm

      You are giving him credit for thinking, even if it was wrong. Are you sure you want to do that?

      • October 8, 2009 at 5:52 am

        Well, he does THINK he can coach.

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