Steve Kragthorpe leaves his job as University of Louisville football coach “as better, not bitter,” loving the community, having met some great people and making some lasting friends.

No second thoughts, accomplished a lot with the young men he worked with during three seasons, moving on “with our head held high, and we’ll see what God has in store for us.”

Disappointed but not surprised at being fired after three seasons. “That’s about the norm in college football these days, especially if you come into a winning situation as Louisville had,” he said.

Good show, nice way to go out.

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By Charlie Springer

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

16 thoughts on “Kragthorpe Takes High Road”
  1. Count me among the impressed. He could have really raked some dimwits over the coals and really hurt the program but he didn’t.

  2. During his parting remarks, Kragthorpe displayed an air of confidence heretofore unseen around the football complex. I was impressed. This was not the guy we were used to. He didn’t use one coaching cliche the entire time. We should thank him for not using the occasion to downgrade the program or fans, some of which had it coming.

  3. I’m beginning to wonder if I heard the right press conference. Fans calling him names, bringing up Hawkins and Wannstadt again. I’ll have to watch it again to see what I missed. He didn’t take responsibility for tearing down something that didn’t need fixing.

    1. Well, maybe he didn’t want to be Mr. Obvious. Why wade through that mud again? If you’re still saying the same thing a month from now, we will know you haven’t moved on. Nobody has mentioned Hawkins (?) or Wannstadt over here.

      1. I was referring to CSK’s mentioning of Hawkins and Wanndstadt again. He said if after the game Friday and again today. I’m was looking for a little more of him taking responsibility for the state the program. Beggars can’t choosers. Bye CSK, we hardly knew ye…you have the personality of a turnip. Looking forward to the new coach.

  4. Glad both Jurich and Kragthorpe took the high road. And they’re both right, press on…no sense rehashing a tough situation. Time to simply look ahead.

  5. Bulletin…10:07PM Monday 11/30 …this just in…

    Rumor has it that Charlie Strong will be announced as the new Head Coach at U of L. According to a comment made by Chris Redman on The Atlanta Falcons Radio Show tonight, it’s a done deal. Redman was asked about the coaching situation at Louisville and he was said to have responded that Charlie Strong would be named Head Coach tomorrow. He also supposedly said that Strong’s kids were already enrolled in school here. Could be just a rumor but that’s the latest….more to come.

  6. I thought it very disengenuous of Steve Kragthorpe to talk about how great the city of Louisville is and how much he loved it here. Then in the next breath, he says his family is leaving town on Sunday. Wouldn’t it be best to let your kids finish school up to the Christmas break? That is a man wanting out of this town FAST!

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