Injuries to key personnel on the University of Louisville football team’s defensive side of the line have been well documented. Unless we missed it, however, there has not been convincing assurance from the coaching staff that Victor Anderson will be ready to go full speed against West Virginia.

The seemingly indestructible Anderson went down with a shoulder injury late in the Cincinnati game and never returned. Normally, no news would be good news. But over the past two seasons, UofL fans have been conditioned to expect the worst. Without Anderson around, the offense will struggle more than it has up to this point.

Anderson is Louisville’s most reliable offensive threat. Lately he had even been returning kickoffs, replacing Trent Guy, whose playing time has been reduced to a handful of plays.

One would hope that no news is good news. Just once would be encouraging.

Where is Walter Peacock when we need him?

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Clueless Blackout – Still mystified as to why Saturday’s game has been designated as a “Black Out” game, as are at least two other Card fanatics Frankpos at Hell In The Hall and Mike Rutherford over at Card Chronicle.

As Frankpos puts it:

“I’d like to know the PR genius who came up with this gem. Calling for a Black-Out game against West Virginia is so wrong in so many ways. But the worst is that it vividly draws a comparison between one of the greatest moments in Louisville football history…and where we stand now.

“Asking/ordering pissed off fans to do this is one of the most asinine things I have seen during the Kragthorpe era…and lord knows, there have been some mighty PR blunders during his two-year reign.”

Rutherford is a little kinder, but not much:

“I have no idea when this decision was made, but I’m assuming it was at some point within the last seven days. That’s not nearly enough time for this to have any chance of looking respectable … The vast majority of the fan base is already all sorts of pissed off and far more likely to be annoyed by this type of request than in seasons’ past.”

The big question in this observer’s mind is who handles public relations for the football team. Does anyone? There’s a huge difference between a sports information director and a public relations person. Don’t see PR listed anywhere on the organization chart.

Don’t look now but it’s snowing. Mother Nature apparently doesn’t agree either.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

5 thoughts on “Victor Anderson: Ready Or Not?”
  1. Those guys don’t have a clue about public relations because they are used to adoring fans worshiping their every move. They think fans will keep forking over the dollars no matter what they do. Unfortunately, it’s coming back to bite them in the posterior.

  2. Public relations ought to mandatory for athletic department personnel. It can make you or break you.

    Fans needs to be rewarded for their loyalty, especially if there’s nothing happening on the field.

  3. One would hope that Vic is ready to go for the WVU game. He was, of course, a verbal to them and the game has to have a lot of emotional value for him. Let’s face it, though…it’s gonna take a lot more than a healthy Vic Anderson to beat the Eers. Charlie makes mention of Walter Peacock. I’ll counter with..where’s 1995 defense?
    McCloud, Frost, Campos, Madison, Toss in Ted Washington, Joe Johnson and Ray Buchannan from a couple of years earlier…and it’s shut down time. While we’re at it, let’s get Howard on the sidelines, too. Gotta be more exciting than coaching against Arkansas St. this weekend…(BTW..Howard was 1-4 agaisnt the Eers while at Louisville…getting his only win against them up there)

  4. I think before anyone should be rewarded for anything, they have to earn it – I think the MAJORITY of the U of L Fanbase HAS earned a little love and extra tenderness during this difficult time in our Program. Most of us are not a bunch of late comers demanding victories at any cost. We are a fanbase who, for the most part, supports TJ and U of L EVEN IF we don’t like what we see. I love it when any coach recognizes the importance of devoted fans…..not necessarily rabid fans, but reasonable people who follow and love the U of L Program – win or lose. Always, Go CARDS!

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