By Paul Sykes
Shall we gather at the river? Apparently not.
One of the most popular summer traditions for many University of Louisville fans, aÂ chance to mingle with coaches and players at Captain’s Quarters Restaurant this time of year, is not on the calendar.
Inquiries of key participants and sponsors of the yearly event resulted in blank expressions. One of the largest attending fan groups has been told by the host venue that there are no plans for the event.
Maybe something to do with the fewer appearances of basketball coach Rick Pitino? Keeping the Louisville football program under wraps until the season begins? Whatever the reason, one has to wonder when another coach is touring the state waving a big blue flag.
The event was on track to becoming a tradition and will be sorely missed.Â Hopefully, it isn’t another attempt by the athletic department to punish fans for criticism of the current state of the football program.
One way to bolster the image of the athletic programs is to hold popular and fan friendly events, catering to fans, showing appreciation for Cardinal Athletic Fund support and season ticket renewals. Especially when one new facility and the addition to another are under construction.