Athletic Director Tom Jurich tells the University of Louisville Athletic Association that the football program is in a rebuilding mode for the next two years, “I just want to get through them.”
Why would TJ feel compelled to make such a declaration to the athletic association at a critical time for next season’s ticket sales? Why, indeed, when U of L is making the push on loge seating sales to finance the stadium expansion?
Jurich’s remarks will not be helpful on either front. Or has U of L reached a point where fans are so staunchly loyal that the Jurich doesn’t have to worry about negative statements having an impact on ticket sales or stadium expansion?
Could it be that Jurich just wants to be upfront with fans? Or is he totally frustrated, needing to vent?
Why would he say anything at all? In all other sports, Jurich usually leaves such comments to the coach.
Tom has a reason for everything he says and does, knowing every action, every word will be scrutinized for weeks and months. The gut feeling here is that his latest utterance doesn’t bode well for the football program.
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Here’s a response to the above comments from a reader who identified himself as Tom (obviously not Tom Jurich). His comments make a lot of sense:
Let me offer some possibilities for Tom JÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“two- year warningÃ¢â‚¬Â to Athletic Association members.
First letÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s suppose that when Petrino bolted, he did so because he KNEW that he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stocked the closet well enough for the future since he didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect to be here. Petrino may have also recruited some Ã¢â‚¬Å“marginalÃ¢â‚¬Â players, ones I sometimes refer to as Ã¢â‚¬Å“gangstersÃ¢â‚¬Â. These are quick fix guys who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t go to class but can play football. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re usually good for one, maybe two years. Another problem is that if they donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get their own way, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll just lay down. Could be that Petrino spent too much time getting these guys and hiding the trouble they caused off the field. I repeat he KNEW he wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t going to be here.
I knowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I knowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I knowÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Petrino was a genius and all that dog dung but truly GREAT coaches recruit for the the best players they can for future REGARDLESS of whether or not they plan to plan to coach them. Self serving coaches have no regard for those who have to clean up after them.
Jurich knew Petrino could coach. His only error in judgement was in thinking that he was a QUALITY person.
Another possibility is that Jurich realizes that in order for Coach KÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s system to work he has to have certain skill and position players that U of L simply does not have.
One thing is for sure – Louisville has not in the last 20 years recriuted deeply enough in the offensive lineman position. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had some great ones, but never been deep enough. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve also not had the best offensive line coaches. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one reason why Chris Redman had his chin busted so many times that he spent his first 3 years in the NFL looking over his shoulder wondering if heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d ever be able to trust a left tackle again.
Petrino made it obvious that he was lousy at finding Big East quality linebackers. You canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect Ron English or Kragthorpe to fix that in one year.
Believe me IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not making excuses for Krag. But when you think about what PetrinoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goals REALLY were, you see a guy who had absolutely, positively no interest in building for our future, just for his.