By Charlie Springer
The success of the University of Louisville basketball team has quieted or drowned out some of the bitching about the football program. Or have they gone underground? At any rate, the complainers are out there, in droves, anticipating another player transfer or assistant coach departure, ready to erupt when something else goes awry.
Meanwhile, Steve Kragthorpe and crew continue to shake the bushes for the kind of recruits familiar to long time Louisville fans: the overlooked, the underrated, young men who want more playing time, and, yes, the junior college players badly needed to fill the depleted ranks.
The easier route for Kragthorpe would have been to resign or offer to take a buyout with all the criticism that engulf the program after last season. He didn’t do either, taking the more difficult path in attempting to rebuild the program. Doing it despite the odds of making any dramatic improvement next season.
Sticking around in such an atmosphere takes a lot of guts … or a lack of gray matter. Has to be the former because the man is not lacking in intelligence. Must see or sense a tiny beam of light at the end of the winding tunnel. Much easier to leave otherwise.
So the Observer will be there Wednesday for the 2009 football signing party at 6 p.m. at the Brown & Williamson Club as much from curiosity about the recruiting class as wanting to know why Kragthorpe is sticking around.