So Steve Kragthorpe will be behind the podium for a news conference Monday, two days after being fired as the University of Louisville football coach.
Whether that’s appropriate or not is debatable. But that’s the way the media works, and he is expected to address issues surrounding his termination.
Maybe he’s salivating for another barrage of criticism after dismantling the program the past three seasons. Or does he want to use the occasion for a parting John L. Smith-like blast at the fan base? So what will he say, after being ridden so hard and debased so thoroughly by a huge segment of fans for so long?
Who knows, but what Kragthorpe says could be important. Any negative remarks will be picked up by the national media, with sound bites taking on a life of their own. Any criticism will reflect directly on the U of L fan base and the football program for months to come, possibly impacting the coaching search and future recruiting efforts.
If what those closest to Kragthorpe say about the man is true, that he is of the highest character, he will avoid the temptation to diminish the university.
Yes, he has already used his position to cast doubts about the previous coach. But this is different. It’s time to admit the experiment didn’t work, shoulder the responsibility, and move on.