Don’t expect any of them to give props to the University of Louisville under new coach Charlie Strong. They can’t get past the disaster that was Steve Kragthorpe.
Editors of these publication rarely go out on a limb, arriving at their conclusions largely on stereotypes and last season’s results.
Right on cue, Athlon picks Louisville to finish last in the Big East, finishing with 3-9 record overall, and 0-7 in conference play. Here’s Athlon’s U of L summation:
2010 Projection:Â New Coach Charlie Strong is taking on a large rebuilding project. The Cardinals’ win total decreased in every season under Steve Kragthorpe, and Louisville is a team lacking proven talent heading into 2010. The quarterback position is a huge question mark, and the Cardinals were outgained per game in conference play last season. Strong’s expertise on defense will help, but he lacks a proven difference maker on that side of the ball. Strong will get it turned around, but finishing with two wins in Big East play would be considered a huge success.
The situation is strikingly familiar to the one John L Smith inherited from Ron Cooper in 1997. Louisville went from 1-10 in Cooper’s last year to 7-5 in Smith’s first season. The Athlon writer doesn’t give much weight to the coaching change in his equation. That could be shortsighted.