Who said Louisville fans weren’t passionate about football.
The situation is beset by bitterness, so loathsome in fact that hard core Steve Kragthorpe haters have unleashed their ire not only on Kragthorpe, with Tom Jurich close behind, but attacking each other and fellow fans, casting their prickly barbs at anyone not demanding an immediate firing.
Objectivity is questioned, optimism is dumb, hope ridiculed, and loyalty beside the point.
The consensus following the collapse of Louisville football in the second half of the Pittsburgh game is that end of the Kragthorpe era is near. The only question is how soon the curtain will fall. Will Jurich dismiss Kragthorpe in the next few weeks, or allow him to finish the season?Â
In the aftermath of the narrow loss to Kentucky, it appeared that Kragthorpe would have the rest of the season to turn things around — despite the fact that Louisville should have won the game. Continued improvement might be enough to earn him a fourth year at the helm.
Before the season started, knowledgeable people gave Louisville little, if any, chance of beating Utah or Pittsburgh. But those teams were exposed early on as having significant weaknesses. Despite being double-digit underdogs, the Cards were expected to at least be competitive, possibly be in a position to pull an upset or two.
The opposite happened: Louisville wound up being embarrassed in both outings. That was enough to convince Kragthorpe haters that they have been right all along.
Even many fans willing to give Kragthorpe the benefit of the doubt are recognizing that a disastrous season lies ahead. With the predictable play calling, shameful lapses on defense, the obvious lack of depth, a growing injury list, and the spectre of a 1-11 season, the odds of significant improvement are indeed remote.
Something needs to be happen soon … even if it’s the wrong thing.