Long week for Louisville football

The waiting, anticipation.

Long week after a win over West Virginia.

Relieved by the apparent cease fire in the conference realignment wars (though Charlie Strong says the big decisions always seem to happen on Thursdays).

Disgusted by the Penn State saga, the lack of responsibility that led to it, relieved by the decision to let Joe Pa pursue other interests.

Wondering whether three wins in a row means the University of Louisville football program is over the hump.

Encouraged by no reports from practice that players are still celebrating. No pain, no gain.

Liking the surprising 5-4 won-lost record but recalling being 5-4 at this same point last season and losing the next two games.

Irritated that the basketball season is starting so soon.

Knowing the Pittsburgh team will arrive angry, wanting to render UofL’s offense impotent again.

Pleased that the UofL offensive line is growing up, getting it, coming together, protecting Teddy Bridgewater.

Hoping the defensive lapses against WVU were temporary, fixable, won’t happen again.

Ready to feel ecstatic about Louisville football again, like on January 2, 2007, but knowing it may be too soon. Certain that time is coming.

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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.