Matthew R. Perry

Kragthorpe Era Begins for Louisville Football

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2007 at 10:14 pm

Being a part of the readership of this blog (glory to God you’re here — thank you!), you will have to deal with reading about the teams for which I root — in this case, the Louisville Cardinals. Given their recent success under Bobby Petrino who left to coach the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, I’m curious to see how Steve Kragthorpe handles the pressure cooker.

I think he’ll be fine. An excerpt from a recent AP article:

National championship hopes. A Heisman Trophy hopeful quarterback. A burgeoning fan base and at least six nationally televised games so the whole country can see how the new coach is doing.

Sure, there’s pressure for Steve Kragthorpe to win right away at Louisville. Then again, it’s nothing compared to the situation he entered when he took over at Tulsa in 2003.

“When you walk in at Tulsa and they tell you if you don’t win in three years they are dropping football, that’s pressure,” he said.

Kragthorpe responded by leading the once struggling Golden Hurricane to three bowl games in four seasons. To succeed at Louisville, he knows he’ll have to do even better than that. He’ll get his first up-close look at what he has to work with on Friday when the defending Big East champions open spring practice.

Click here to read the rest of this AP article.

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