Mired In Mediocrity

No disgrace to lose to Utah. One of the best teams on the schedule.

The raucus crowd at Utah, however, a startling reminder of what was like not so long ago at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Fans used to winning, insanely enthusiastic fans, inspired by talented players expecting to win, playing with wreckless abandon.

The visiting team at Utah tonight, reminiscent of many Louisville football teams of old, you know, the Vince Gibson, T. W. Alley, most of the Howard Schnellenberger years, the Ron Cooper debacle. Fans and players with low expectations, playing down to them.

Just keep reminding oneself of how much one loves tailgating, the fall weather, the pretty girls, the university, the social atmosphere surrounding the events, the game of football. Nice social events.

Wins will be few and far between.

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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.

16 thoughts on “Mired In Mediocrity

  • September 27, 2009 at 2:49 am
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    Our playcalling is worse than terrible…Well at least coach assthorpe is hopefully 1 day closer to coaching high school football! Jurich, I’m available! I’ll do it for free!!!! I could close my eyes and pick better plays than we run! Krags just resign please….

  • September 27, 2009 at 8:00 am
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    I am not ready to go back to those days you mentioned. I have yet to see any signs that this coach is doing it the right way. At least not as long as that expensive scoreboard is standing at PJCS.

  • September 27, 2009 at 8:40 am
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    Trent Guy’s new ‘Vanilla’ defense has me so excited I think I’m going to wet my pants. In all fairness though, Safeties and Cornerbacks who are comatose really ought to be hopitalized.

  • September 27, 2009 at 9:05 am
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    I do appreciate the effort the players made last night. I want to leave my remarks about the players there and talk about coaching. Let me try to make my case that Kragthorpe is over his head with facts rather than emotion. Here are just a few examples from the Utah game that show a lack of coaching fundamentals and/or organizational skills.

    1. As usual we cannot convert in the red zone where because of the shortness of the field good play calling is at a premium. Our two TD’s were the result of a busted play and a lucky ricochet. And of course we have a FG blocked to start the game.
    2. Guy’s fumble was set up by him carrying the ball with his inside hand instead of outside as players are supposed to be coached to do. If he does this in games he does this in practices. He should be stopped and gently chided (or made to run forever) each time he does it in practice to break this bad habit but it appears the coaches don’t get it.
    3. We get off a great punt with great coverage to pin Utah deep but don’t have enough men on the line. What?
    4. We have to burn a time out before rekicking because we are confused.
    5. We have a personal foul on the rekick costing us 15 yards. Are you aware that our % of penalties on special teams plays are three times that of regular plays. Why aren’t we practicing special teams? Or if we are why can’t anyone get it right?
    6. We then have a miscommunication between the QB and RB costing five yards (pattern coming!).
    7. Burn a timeout to avoid delay of game.
    8. QB and RB collide (here’s the pattern).
    9. QB and RB are on two different plays yet again (don’t you think game three is a little late to still be learning the plays?)
    10. Delay of game penalty on the defense? When was the last time you heard that one?
    11. Utah’s last drive featured a wide receiver screen to the right flat for a big gain. Two plays later the same play worked great to the left. See a pattern our coaches didn’t? Several plays later the same play back to the right for another big gain. Hmm, pattern getting sharper? And then in a total surprise Utah runs it again to the left with success. How can we get burned four times in one possession by the same play? Give the coaches the first five letters and they couldn’t spell “adjustment.”

    We are not prepared to play winning football. It’s like watching a comedy team of Bob Weber and Ron Cooper.

    • September 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm
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      Good summary of all the malfeasances, cbcard. Incredible actually. I don’t know about the Bob Weber part but maybe that’s because it was a while back. He was lucky to even have a team.

      • September 28, 2009 at 7:02 am
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        Weber used four time outs a game to avoid delay penalties and still got called for at least one, usually two, sometimes three a game. I was firmly convinced the plays were being sent in from Bora Bora via carrier pidgeon.

        The only year in the last 40 or so I have not had season tickets was his last year. I couldn’t stand it. Nice guy but not a head coach.

  • September 27, 2009 at 10:59 am
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    Wow, Chaz, the last horse crosses the finish line! I guess you’re one of the bad fans now that you don’t think we’re a good program. See you guys at Thornton’s for tickets!

    • September 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm
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      KoolAid, I’m getting my tickets from the university. That is Convenient you’re thinking of and they’re no longer around.

  • September 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm
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    Hey cbcard: Don’t you know that you were freakin’ warned not to talk about Trent Guy?

    Someone tell our offensive coordinator that #15 should not be a running back.

    Along with the new offensive coordinator we have this year, we also have a new special teams coach. (and no it is not John L.)

    If you were Pittsburgh, what would your scouting report/game plan be against the Cardinals?

    What is our calling card since Koach has been here? tough defense? high scoring offense? great special teams play? physical running backs? lockdown secondary? big plays?

    We have been living on Tulsa time for long enough.

    • September 27, 2009 at 3:33 pm
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      I read your comment to my wife who said “Of course, what is there that we can be for?” My response was firing the coach.

  • September 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm
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    By the way, anyone know where Victor Anderson disappeared to in the second half? I don’t know if he was in at all. Neither the announcers nor the paper mentioned an injury that I know of.

    • September 27, 2009 at 5:22 pm
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      More of that phantom stuff, cbcard.

  • September 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm
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    Kragthorpe mentioned that Anderson was “dinged up”. Runs of any significant gain are usually predicated by an offensive line opening holes for the running back to reach the secondary. That’s wasn’t happening last night. Utah has a good defensive unit.

  • September 28, 2009 at 6:32 am
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    I didn’t see the game — sounds like it was for the better.

    Hopefully the Cards can turn this ship on Friday against Pitt.

    A great football game will take place the next night when the St.X Tigers roll over the Trinity Weeds.

    And Charlie is right – a lot to be happy about – the fall weather, pretty girls, tailgate parties, pretty girls, talking football with friends, pretty girls….and, of course, pretty girls.

    • September 28, 2009 at 7:48 am
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      Yay, hot-pants! Where is a pic of the national champion Lady Cards when you need it? 🙂

      I also wonder how much of a “black-out” Friday’s game will be. I’ll wear black at the game like they want… it only seems fitting since we’re probably going to a funeral.

  • September 28, 2009 at 7:41 am
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    The coach is in over his head. He would probably be a great hire for someplace like say….Bellarmine. It would be a perfect fit since they have no football there either.

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