A new chapter in Louisville football team begins with 2022 opener at Syracuse (Mike DeZarn photo).

When a win doesn’t resemble a win

Quarterback Malik Cunningham hands off to Trevian Colley for a short gainer (Mike DeZarn photo).

If one were looking for confirmation that the University of Louisville football team had made significant progress from week one to week two of the 2021 college football season, one would be greatly disappointed.

Football is a family affair for many University of Louisville fans (Mike DeZarn photo).

UofL defeated Eastern Kentucky University 30-3 but the score was about the  only thing that was lopsided. Struggling for respectability, the Cardinals gaining little from either EKU or their own fan base.

As one fan put it, “Our team is small, they really aren’t even very fast, the play calling is unimaginative to put it nicely, and recruiting is suspect to put it nicely. It’s going to be a long, long season.”

It would be difficult to disagree with him, the Cardinals a miniature version of what they were just two years ago. They’re not going to overpower anyone, dazzle you with speed, or surprise you on offense. UofL managing only 158 yards on the ground against an Atlantic Sun Conference opponent.

The Cardinals unable to exert any superiority over what should have been a far inferior opponent, maintain any sustained momentum, or provide any evidence that continued improvement is within the realm of possibility.

If there were any sign of improvement, it was on defense where UofL denied the visitors any visits to the end zone. EKU managed only 86 yards on the ground and 149 yards through the air.

Have to remember, however, that Eastern Kentucky will never be a football juggernaut.

Louisville football will have some lifelong fans if it finds a way to win this season (Mike DeZarn photo).








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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.