South Florida Sorries

— If you muff the opening kickoff on the road, the odds are good that it’s going to be a long, long night.
— A laugher is a game where the TV cameras stay focused on the South Florida quarterback for much of the fourth quarter. Were the Bulls having fun, or were they just laughing? At who or what? Don’t want to know.
— The producers could have used a still photo of Kragthorpe; his body profile and facial expression rarely changed.
— That flash of excellence you saw late at running back late was Bilal Powell.
— Was there ever a longer, more frustrating football game?

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Met a couple of West Virginia fans at the hotel after the game. They couldn’t recall WVU fans calling for Rich Rodriguez’ job, even after he won only three games out of 11 in his first year at the helm. What he had going for him was that he was a West Virginia lad. Go figure.
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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.

5 thoughts on “South Florida Sorries

  • November 18, 2007 at 6:53 am
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    Yeah, there’s one thing to look forward to: Steve Kragthorpe being fired and/or killed (or both, ideally).

  • November 18, 2007 at 11:33 am
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    A fresh start for next season.( Hopefully with a new coach)

  • November 18, 2007 at 12:35 pm
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    Yeah: 1) BBall

    2)K going to SMU and us bringing in a Pitino-level coach

    Enough doing it on the cheap!

  • November 18, 2007 at 12:38 pm
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    Charlie, an interesting statistical analysis shown on Card Chronicle that says a lot about this season…

    By 83fan Section: Diaries
    Posted on Sat Nov 17, 2007 at 11:55:30 PM EDT

    I posted this on one of the message boards, but they get buried so quickly, I thought I’d post it here too. Sorry if it seems petty, but I’m sorta ticked off right now:

    This season, so far, we have had 8 common opponents from last season (and Rutgers will make 9). For every single game, we have had a worse result on the spread than last season. The worse, quite obviously, is tonight with a 61 swing from last season (as of right now), but UK (-37) and UConn (-35) were pretty bad, too. The average is 24.5 points worse. But again, every single game got worse.

    MTSU – 2006 +27 2007 +16
    Net -11

    UK 2006 +31 2007 -6
    Net -37

    SU 2006 +13 2007 -3
    Net -16

    UC 2006 +6 2007 +4
    Net -2

    UConn 2006 +31 2007 -4
    Net -35

    Pitt 2006 +24 2006 +7
    Net -17

    WVU 2006 +10 2007 -7
    Net -17

    USF 2006 +23 2007 -45
    Net -61

    Average Net Loss of 24.5

    Now, this isn’t much of a surprise to anyone, I don’t think. We all know we have stunk this year.

    But I think it points out that the “we lost so many defensive starters” excuse is pretty lame. Can anyone tell me that we lost more talent than every single other team we played both seasons? And can you say that we didn’t have better replacements than a single other team on our list?

  • November 18, 2007 at 4:11 pm
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    Rodriguez had no talent and no expectations, huge difference. He also hadn’t ever not lost less than five games as a head coach.

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