At his press conference today, Louisville head coach Charlie Strong had a pretty dismal outlook on his team’s chances at beating the Cats:
“We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team. I don’t know if we can beat Kentucky right now“
“They’ve been to five bowl games in five years, we’ve been to one bowl game in four years, and they’ve been out-recruiting us. It’s a rivalry, but they own the all-time series and they’ve beaten us four years in a row now.”
When asked how he thinks his players will react to his surprising statements, Strong said:
“I want them to believe it. It’s the truth. Kentucky is better. They’ve beaten us four straight years.”
By now, you may be like me, staring oddly at your screen, head tilted…thinking But he’s right. We are better. Wait…aren’t we? While Louisville really did look atrocious against Florida International on Friday, it’s not as though the Cats have looked much better. Thus far, as a team, Kentucky has posted seven quarters of crap and one quarter of promise. Which is why Coach Strong’s comments are so interesting to me. Is Strong really being honest or is he pulling a page from Reverse Psychology 101?
I have to think the latter, especially since I just can’t wrap my head around his “We’re going to go face a team now that is a very good football team” statement. Sure, coach speak is coach speak, but even I can’t say that sentence with a straight face. Does Kentucky have potential to be a very good football team? I hope so. But we’re far from that now.
So, let’s hear it. Strong’s statements: fact or propaganda?