Monday Morning Memo

To Louisville Football Fans:

You deserve better than what you saw on the football field this season.

You’ve seen defensive players not lined up correctly, inexplicably out of position on crucial pass plays, unable to put pressure on quarterbacks, forgetting how to tackle, wilting in the path of big backs, getting injured at an unprecedented pace, spending too much time on the field, and giving inconsistent effort from one play to the next.

You’ve witnessed former offensive stars becoming sub par, dismissed, suspended, injured or just plain missing, often without any explanation. You’ve seen Brian Brohm, a hometown favorite, go from having a legendary college career to an embarrassing senior season. You’ve grimaced as Harry Douglas, Mario Urrutia and other talented receivers always seem to be covered like glue. The tight ends, as well.

You’ve endured an offensive backfield that includes Brock Bolen, Anthony Allen, George Stripling and Sergio Spencer (remember him?) now struggle to get 80 yards a game. You’ve wondered why a talent like Bilal Powell was limited to mop-up action.

Still, most of you have bent over backwards to give the new coaching staff the benefit of doubt much of the season. You’ve waited, patiently, for the light to go on, for this team to show glimpses of past greatness. But it hasn’t happened, and you’re wondering how many more future seasons will resemble this one.

If this writer could offer any ray of hope, it would be that the deficiencies we have seen this season are so obvious that they can’t be ignored. My gut feeling, and I don’t have any inside information, is that major changes will be forthcoming when this season concludes. The program has come too far to be allowed to further embarrass the university.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Monday Morning Memo

  • November 19, 2007 at 4:06 am
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    I hope the major change is the head coach he is in way over his head.I have not seen any improvement over the season. With some facets of this team regressing. That is on him,i know he will be next year and it will be even worse.Good lord i am sick already.I do enjoy your site keep up the good work

  • November 19, 2007 at 4:28 am
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    I’m among those who have defended the staff at times. But you can only rationalize so much. Much more and you’re denying what you really see happening out there on the field.

  • November 19, 2007 at 5:58 pm
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    One thing I thought was somewhat telling during the USF game – at one point the camera lingered on Coach K for about 30 seconds or so (an eternity in TV time) and he didn’t pace, didn’t speak into his headset, didn’t speak to any players, barely even moved. It was really disconcerting to be honest, even for this Cat fan. He really seemed completely lost during that shot.

    Best of luck to the Cards against Rutgers – I’d love to see big games from Brohm and Douglas. They’ve been a pleasure to watch the last few years.

  • November 19, 2007 at 9:39 pm
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    Charles, good to see you’ve finally pulled your head out of your butt and realized what a disgrace Steve Krapthorpe is. The last horse finally crosses the finish line! The man needs to go, ASAP.

  • November 19, 2007 at 11:23 pm
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    The debate about Kragthorpe as a coach is probably a good one. Disgrace? That’s a topic for another forum, not a fan forum. Seems to be a good person to me.

  • November 19, 2007 at 11:24 pm
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    Jenny, you are my favorite visitor. Thanks for dropping by again.

  • November 21, 2007 at 1:59 pm
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    As a Cardinal Fan I had such high hopes for this team, but game after game slowly eroded that hope. Yes, there were many injuries, and a few suspensions along the way, yet a good coach knows his personnel well enough to be able to overcome those obstacles. The games that I could afford to go to I gladly went. I was disappointed in hearing the booing that came with another loss, I have empathy for those fans. Today I heard coach K maybe offered another job. When I heard that, my heart jumped a beat, but then I heard his family was not happy with the criticism coach K was getting. My hope is that coach K can find a happy home somewhere else, and his family not have bad feeling about our hometown.

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