Temporary Relief For Louisville’s Kragthorpe

The blinding heat of the media spotlight has zeroed in on Rick Pitino and his basketball program, providing relief for Steve Kragthorpe from the scorn of many University of Louisville football fans.

Some rough weeks are ahead for Pitino because of the embarrassing revelations. Only a few people are surprised that he has been involved in extramarital activities, the object of speculation for years.

Pitino will not only survive but he will continue to be revered because he wins games, and makes Louisville a national contender.

Therein lies the real challenge for Kragthorpe

The Louisville football coach is believed to set a high moral example for players. That is if one doesn’t include the sacrificing of numerous assistants. He’ll certainly never be accused of being a womanizer or an adulterer.

But his relief from the spotlight may be short lived. If the Louisville football program doesn’t show extraordinary progress this season, only Tom Jurich  will be able to save him.

Fans can tolerate a lot of things, but losing is not one of them.

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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 “Temporary Relief For Louisville’s Kragthorpe

  • August 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm
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    Oops, at first I thought I had inadvertently logged onto TV Guide website, showing a photo of Coach P anxiously waiting in the Green Room for his cue to go out on stage to join Jerry Springer. Then I saw Krags. Now how did he get there? They both have said that they support each other, but this is a little much, huh?

  • August 17, 2009 at 11:45 am
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    I think people are ready to move on but the court case assures that this thing is going to be headlines for a while. I also have a feeling that the football team is going to be better than most people think.

  • August 17, 2009 at 8:01 pm
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    Not a chance that the Pitino incident dies out with iompending criminal charges on Ms. Sypher. Maybe a short relapse, but once the feds start grilling the harlot, the media will reattach itself to her and him.

    Cardinal football may just surprise a few folks this year. Sounds like the coaches are on the same page, the players united and the results impressive in the practices. Still won’t be enough for that Pitino wound to heal.

    And that’s too bad. I’m tired of it.

  • August 17, 2009 at 8:53 pm
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    Is this the only woman that has come forward so far for an affair with Pitino??? For years I heard he wasn’t that faithful… I mean really. Down deep he seems embarrassed he was caught as oppose to having the one night stand. Some people don’t change….I am happy he is not my husband.

  • August 18, 2009 at 4:50 am
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    Lot of scuttlebutt out there about Pitino’s past. As we learned in the Navy, ignore scuttlebutt until it’s proven fact. Loose lips sink ships. If any of the rumors ever develop into true stories, it still shouldn’t cause Pitino to lose his job. He’s paid to coach hoops, not pray with the Bendictine monks.

    Rick’s personal life, as distasteful and tawdry as it may strike some people out there, is just that. His personal life. If it gets in the way of Cardinal wins, then it’s time for him to go. I doubt it will and since his two bosses have not fired him yet, he’s our coach and he needs to get about earning the money he’s paid to do that.

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