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 doesnâ€™t include the sacrificing of numerous assistants. Heâ€™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 doesnâ€™t show extraordinary progress this season, only Tom JurichÂ will be able to save him.
Fans can tolerate a lot of things, but losing is not one of them.