Saturday Football Returns

The 2009 University of Louisville football schedule has been released, a development sure to arouse the cynics while stimulating another round of bad-mouthing. Gonna be that way until the program gets back on a winning track.2009-schedule1

The good news is that football Saturdays are mostly back for Louisville fans. Only one week night game, that one against Pittsburgh, the second home opponent, on Friday, Oct. 2. The not-so-good news is that this is the only game scheduled for national television. That’s what happens when a program goes south for a while.

The season begins Labor Day weekend, on Sept. 5th with the Cards hosting Indiana State, giving the Cards a couple of weeks to prepare for Kentucky on Sept. 19th. Two games would have been better but Tom Jurich apparently had problems getting an opponent for the intervening Saturday. One can count on the annual obstructions surrounding the telecast of the Louisville-Kentucky game.

Good to see Southern Mississippi back on the schedule, renewing a good rivalry with a respected football program.

Spring practice begins Sunday at 4 p.m. at the football practice field north of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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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.

6 thoughts on “Saturday Football Returns

  • March 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Program “going south.” With Kragthorpe the question is what is south of the south pole?

  • March 7, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Wow. Looking at the schedule…anything better than 7-5 for us will take Divine Intervention. Let’s dust off the crystal ball.

    Indiana State and Arkansas State are wins.
    Utah, WVU, Rutgers and Pitt are losses.
    Syracuse and Southern Miss we have a chance against.
    USF, Cincy, UK, and UConn we’ll be underdogs.

    If we ever needed a miracle…now’s the time…Blessed Lady of Upset Football. Otherwise, we’re looking like a 4-8 team.

  • March 7, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    Utah is the one that really scares me. I’m not giving up before we get started. If Darius Ashley is half the player I think he is, we are going to have a great one-two punch on offense. Put a half decent quarterback back there and who knows what could happen.

  • March 7, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Based on the way my crystal ball has been working so far in the Big East Women’s tournament, ignore anything that I consider an win or loss. We’ll probably go 8-4.

  • March 8, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    One thing that’s been over looked in a lot of places: We start a week late, have a bye after the 1st game, and don’t play the last week, so we play 11 straight games with no bye…
    With our depth and experience issues, this cuold be a very long season.

  • March 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Great observation, Jason. As injury-prone as we have been the past two seasons, that is an area about which to be concerned.

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