Tony Alford, Traveling Man

Moving from school to school is not uncommon for assistant football coaches. Shouldn’t be too much of  a shock that Tony Alford would leave the University of Louisville to accept a similar position at Notre Dame.tonyalford

Maybe he figured that Steve Kragthorpe probably has only one year at UofL unless Kragthorpe does the unexpected next season. More than likely, Alford just couldn’t resist an offer from Notre Dame, a school he described as “the epitome of college football.”

Whatever. His stint may be brief. It’s no secret that the Notre Dame faithful have their doubts about the future of Charlie Weis, the head coach. A 29-21 won-lost record after four seasons doesn’t please Irish fans, clinging now to their aging tradition for at least a decade.

For some reason, the many failed third-and-one and fourth-and-one-yard frustrations from last season come to mind.

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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.

7 thoughts on “Tony Alford, Traveling Man

  • January 20, 2009 at 6:40 pm
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    Yeah, I recall all those thwarted one-yard attempts. Victor Anderson had a lot of natural talent but our guys Brock Bolen and Bilal didn’t seem to thrive under Tony Alford’s tutoring.

  • January 21, 2009 at 1:19 pm
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    Couldn’t he have had the decency to take Coach Kragthorpe with him to the Golden Dome?

  • January 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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    My bad……I meant to say Coach CooperThorpe!

  • January 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm
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    Why don’t they all go and invite Ron Enlish to come back. Jim Ashley

  • January 21, 2009 at 3:12 pm
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    I imagine Jeff and Dalgadoo will be next…what a freakin’ mess.

  • January 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm
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    Does the HMS Titanic come to mind?

  • January 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm
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    More steps by Koach to rebuild the program. The good ship Kragthorpe continues to lose wharf rats while in dry dock for the winter. Still reminds me of one of my favorite analogies.

    “The objective of any well laid out plan should go as follows: Define the result you expect to receive. Carefully review the options available to you for receiving the desiresd result. Choose the best course of action and move upon it. Carefully review your work along the way and stick to the plan. Have a backup plan ready to go in case your first attempt is unsuccessful and keep a positive approach to the mission at all times. However it is difficult to remember your inital objective was to drain the swamp when you’re up to your a$$ in alligators”

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