Is Kragthorpe Almost To End Zone?

kragimagesThe purpose here is to discuss Steve Kragthorpe.

More exactly, Steve Kragthorpe’s situation and the downward momentum of his career at Louisville: how he replaced Bobby Petrino, how the team was immediately less good, how the fans became disgruntled, how that disenchantment has escalated to cacophony, and how those fans want him gone — yesterday, if not sooner.

But first to Susan Boyle.

You remember her, right? She was all the rage as a singing sensation on one of those British who-is-going-to-be-the-next-superstar shows. One day, nobody had ever heard of the frumpy housefrau with the amazing voice. The next day, millions were viewing a video of her stunning debut on the Web.

How long ago was that? Weeks? Months? Last year?

Then she showed up soon enough with a makeover and a record contract, at which point all those instant fans abandoned their adulation and moved on.

Within a time frame most accurately measured in hours or days, they went veni, vidi, relici. With apologies to Plutarch, they came, they saw, they moved on.

Which is when I coined the term, “Boyle point.” It’s the instant in this accelerated cybergalactic age when our latest fascination becomes what was once called “yesterday’s papers,” the moment when we’ve mouse-clicked to the next diversion, the moment when the rage’s upward arc heads south.

So, as U of L’s football season trudges inexorably to ignominy, the fascination has moved from the field to the three-ring circus that is the discussion of Kragthorpe’s future in Louisville, and who his successor might be.

And in this saga, there have been too many Boyle points to compute.

Some are ancient history, like the moment just before Thanksgiving of 2007, following Kragthorpe’s first campaign. There was a major buzz among Cardinal fans, who were anticipating a press conference announcing Kragthorpe was leaving for Southern Methodist University. Remember that one?

Fast-forward to this season. Before it started, Athletic Director Tom Jurich gave his coach unequivocal support. Improvement was expected, and, more or less, assured.

How’s that renovation working?

Kragthorpe’s charges — as hard as they practice and despite their intentions to improve and repair critical mistakes that have escalated to epidemic proportions — have shown little appreciable betterment. Crucial penalties. Fumbles. Interceptions. Missed assignments. Blown plays on both sides of the ball.

As injuries mount, the Cards are thin. This is a result of Kragthorpe’s less-than-stellar recruiting, and a squad whose numbers are down because of the “bad apples” the coach ran off.

Call me a fool, but Anthony Allen sure might have helped at UConn.

So, the distraught fan base, fueled by a lack of any acknowledgement from U of L’s athletic department, has turned into a rabid rabble.

There have been a plethora of Boyle points. Kragthorpe would surely be gone after the UK loss. OK, maybe after the Utah debacle. Surely, after losing to Dave Wannstedt. Without any doubt, after Southern Miss, win or lose. No doubt, should the Cards lose at UConn, he’ll be gone.

There have been Internet reports that Jurich and Kragthorpe met, that the coach would be gone, and a press conference would be held within 48 hours. Was that two or three weeks ago?

There was the hubbub. The site caught some national attention, for a cybersecond, and then faded.

Despite Tom Jurich’s continued support of Kragthorpe in the national media, local fans have turned their attention to who is going to be his successor, as if his departure is a fait accompli.

Jon Gruden or Tommy Tuberville? That was the question du jour at the hoops luncheon a couple weeks back. Then came the rumors online: First that Gruden was Jurich’s main target, and then that Gruden would never coach at any college, let alone U of L.

Take your choice.

In this age of media overload, this is not a day-to-day phenomenon. It’s minute-to-minute. No new information at Check out our sports blog at Nothing new there either? Try
Twittering Kragthorpe (not the fake one).

Because this is being written for Wednesday’s print edition — in the wake of Louisville’s awful performance at Connecticut — I’m betting there will be another Boyle point or two by the time you read this. I’ll also bet that Steve Kragthorpe is still Louisville’s coach.

4 thoughts on “Is Kragthorpe Almost To End Zone?

  1. I know it’s water under the bridge but for the life of me I can’t understand why the guy was ever hired. This is what the Tulsa web site said about him:

    Kragthorpe has posted a 21-17 three-year record at Tulsa. Since his arrival, Hurricane football has been high-powered on offense and opportunistic on the defensive side of the ball. In 38 games as head coach, his teams have scored over 30 points 23 times and in those games has a 19-4 record. In his 21 total victories as the Tulsa head coach his team’s have averaged 39.5 points in those games.

    Does that seem like what we wanted after an Orange Bowl season? A guy whose record is barely over .500 in a mediocre, well, let’s say mid-level, conference.

    I see nothing that we make me run out and hire this guy in a few days with no other search.

    Second, after running off the “bad apples” which is a vague term and I’m not sure who they are or what they did.

    Third, the he ran off every Brohm associated with the football program.

    He as failed to recruit Big East level talent, or very much of it anyway.

    The only other person to blame and run off is the Unitas statue…then what.

    I’m not sure of the committment Jurich made but I truly hope he doesn’t mean what he says when he calls Kragthorpe
    “his guy”

    Thanks for letting me vent, CD

  2. Sorry for the typos and non-sensical sentences, it was just and angry rant and I didn’t slow down enough to proof read it.

  3. Actually “veni, vidi, vici” is another quote and it is attributed to Julius Caesar. Thank you Ms. Durson.

  4. Oops. Never should have used “vici” as in “I conquered” in any contest including Krapthorpe.

    Wonder what the Latin word is for “I have doomed UofL football.”

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