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Little Brother gets the Grantland treatment



This was inevitable, guys. With a Sugar Bowl win, Heisman candidate, and a path to an undefeated season that makes the 1998 Tulane team’s look like the Bataan death march by comparison, the Cards are media darlings right now. Case in point: today’s piece on Grantland, arbiter of all things hip and sports-related.

It’s a good article – if a little hard to stomach given the subject matter – but it speaks to how far those guys have come since the days of Kragthorpe (I know, gag). More importantly though, if nothing else, it also shows just how important the Stoops hire was. Strong had been a near unstoppable force on the recruiting trail his first few years on the job – from the two Browns, to Bridgewater, to Quick – and the fact that Stoops and Co. were able to cut off his momentum as quickly as they did is somehow even more impressive when viewed through the lens of articles like this one.

While the piece doesn’t address the Cats or Stoops by name, the last paragraph shows what I’m talking about:

The irony of Strong’s strategy to make Louisville the nation’s first second choice is that the more it works, the less necessary it becomes. With a BCS bowl victory last season, a Heisman contender this season, and a spot in the ACC next season, Louisville is starting to get a look from top recruits the first time around. Case in point: In January, five-star receiver and Louisville native James Quick chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, becoming the highest-ranked commit in school history. That Louisville was Quick’s first choice shows just how far Charlie Strong has brought the program. That there was any chance Quick might go somewhere else, despite growing up a Cardinal fan with a father who played football at Louisville, shows how far it still has to go.

Louisville football is having a moment. They’re a top 10 program with a great quarterback, a good coach, and a lot of wind at their back. But they’re still Louisville. They still play in the AAC/ACC. And they’re still capable of missing out on the likes of Jason Hatcher to their 2-10 in-state rivals.

That said, like the article implies, a few more blue chip recruits and another big bowl win and that stuff suddenly doesn’t matter anymore. They’d be up with the big boys for good. Which is why the timing of the Stoops hire was so key.



Article written by Andrew McCarthy

50 Comments for Little Brother gets the Grantland treatment

  1. louisbille
    3:38 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hatcher would have seen as much action for Lou this season as you would, douche.

  2. rick
    3:41 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Please, No pictures of charlie and or articles about the cards unless its somehting bad. Not on here to read about them.

  3. BobbyPsNeckBrace
    3:52 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Stub Hub has 1200 seats for sale, most less than face value. Mine included…
    Dirty Birds 52
    Cats 14

    It WILL be UGLY.

  4. ComeOn
    3:54 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Bobby, that’s more than they beat Eastern by at home. Come on. I don’t see us winning but I don’t see us getting beaten worse than Eastern.

  5. Joe2343
    3:56 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Uk might play in the sec but that doesn’t matter when you can’t even win a conference game. Uk’s never good at football and for those of you that think they are still sooo superior to Louisville then tell me why they haven’t beat Florida in like 25 years.

  6. KYStout
    3:56 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    This article is meaningless to anyone who comes here to read about UK Sports and isn’t even one of the more relevant articles written about UL recently.

    Since this site is crawling with lil bro fans though, I’m sure THEY really appreciate it.

  7. It will be!
    3:57 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @4: That’s because they took foot off the gas. They won’t in Commonwealth…they hate us as much as we hate them…

  8. btowncatfan
    4:02 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    UL=Boise State. Build record in pukey conference, play 1 good team a year and play out of your mind in bowl game.

  9. UKinNKY
    4:05 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    This sounds eerily familiar to a certain team that played the Cats on a night when a man named Stevie got loose. Expecting the worst, have faith in the best. Go Cats!

  10. J in Orlando
    4:10 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    8 at least Boise State played 2-3 teams in the top 40. UL has nothing inside the 40 on the schedule. Undefeated makes them top 40, no more. Which is why they are Orange Bowl whether they win them all or lose 3 in their conference…it’s just that bad.

  11. rick
    4:15 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    See, Write a article and they will come. Stop doing it.

  12. Stoops Poops
    4:16 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    UahK hired the special Stoops brother. UK is going to get a DeAndre Liggins type of beating. Get ready queers.

  13. jimbob
    4:17 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    If only Kentucky was in the Top 40, Louisville could get a top 40 game…

  14. Robert Morris
    4:20 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    btowncatfan said:

    UL=Boise State. Build record in pukey conference, play 1 good team a year and play out of your mind in bowl game.

    Should have said:

    UK=sUcKs. Always the door mat of the SEC Conference, beat 1 overmatched team a year and never go to a decent bowl game.

  15. Robert Morris
    4:25 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    rick said:

    See, Write a article and they will come. Stop doing it.

    Note: You should be more worried about the Train rolling into Lexghanistan on Saturday to stomp a new hole in the little Smurfs behinds than what a few fans might be saying on another team’s website.

  16. Big Blue Coming At You
    4:27 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    UL never has and never will be with the big boys. They’ve been the product of a weak BCS conference for years that has given them the easiest path in the nation to a BCS bowl. Their lone 5 star commit in history was from in-state whose father played for UL so it’s not much of a shocker. If they were to start landing 5 stars from out of state, then you could say their on the big boy level. But we all know that isn’t going to ever happen.

    Their recruiting isn’t very good and definitely not good enough to take over the ACC. Meanwhile Kentucky has a top 10 recruiting class and hadn’t played a single game. Just think of what will happen when we actually start winning some games.

    Sure, UL is the media darling right now but that will all go away next year when they join the ACC and Bridgewater gets drafted. Then they’ll actually have to earn their spot in the BCS bowl race.

  17. rick
    4:31 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    15, Thanks for the publicity. I’ ll keep posting and you keep repating me, thats what little brothers do.

  18. Louisville1Cal4
    4:32 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    @5 We’re never good, riiiiight lol & UofL is always good, they’ve never had a bad season, ever.
    Oh wait, I seem to recall they are 2-4 to the Cats over the last 6 seasons, a team “who is never good” lol So, what does that say about UofL?
    Cards fans crack me up, they’ve had 2 good seasons in their programs history due to playing a Kentucky 1A high school football schedule & they brag about it as if they are Alabama. If there was a delusion award UofL would take 1st place by a land slide. Enjoy playing Pikeville High School’s schedule & having Bridgewater for this season, it’s back to where your program belongs after this season, & that’s in the garbage with the rest of your ignorant/disgusting fan base.

  19. ShutUp
    4:33 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    #15….sucks living in mom and dad’s basement. Get a job and try contributing to society.

  20. Do whut?
    4:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    The Grantland piece has a title that is summed up in two words: Teddy Bridgewater. Let’s please not act like Charlie Strong has built some sort of juggernaut top to bottom, offense to special teams. What he has done instead is hire a recruiting coordinator who is likely to be sanctioned by the NCAA for passing out impermissible benefits like candy while working in Miami and who was able to hand deliver Teddy B. to Louisville. He may field a fairly competitive team after Teddy leaves but to ever even sniff similar levels of success he’ll have to give Hurtt free reign with donor dollars. Barring that expect Louisville to have a head-on crash with reality in 2014.

  21. Teddy Bongwater
    4:40 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    I always look high. HIGH!

  22. RealCatsFan
    4:41 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    The Cards are at probably the highest point in program history this year, they have a true future NFL QB at the helm, and they have a lot of talent at the skill positions. They are also playing one of the weakest schedules in the BCS, so before bowl season it is going to be difficult to judge how good they are. Next year will get very interesting for them – they will finally be playing in a “big boy conference”, although still not as strong as the SEC, they will have to get it done without Teddy leading the way, and I think UK will start to close the gap somewhat both on the field and on the recruiting trail. I don’t know if UK is ever going to have a schedule favorable enough to let them get to a BCS bowl game, but if Stoops keeps pulling in top-10 / top-15 classes, they might just get there. Likewise, UofL is going to see their strength of schedule increase considerably over the next few years, and with continued success Strong is going to continue to have suitors from other schools. I don’t think UK is going to have a chance against UL this year, and next year the game is back at PJCS, but in year three, when Barker has a couple of years’ experience, the big recruits have big game experience, and the game is back in Commonwealth Stadium, I really think the Cats are going to pull even with the Cards.

  23. RJ
    4:42 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    #5 – Florida is terrible enough this year under Muschamp that we just might be able to finally win one. And then they’ll fire Muschamp and hire Strong. The tears from Card fans will be incredible.

  24. NostraDanis
    4:43 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    This post describes UL as “a top ten program.” STOP IT. Stop being the PR firm for our rival.

    UL is not now, nor never has been a top ten football “program”! They currently have a top ten team – there’s a difference. If you do not understand the difference, please do not write about football any more because you are promoting our rival with your ignorance!

    Go Cats!

  25. UKBlue
    4:44 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    BBN needs to understand, all of these stories coming out about UL in national media are nothing more than UL PR propaganda machine trying to change peoples/voters minds to distract away from how bad their schedule is & to try pumping Teddy for the Heisman. UL came out & said they were going to promote Teddy nationally for the Heisman. It’s not hard, you pay a PF firm, and boom they get you positive coverage. Hello, why in the world would the NY Times do a cover story on UL, oh & the Heisman just happens to happen to be in NY. Trying to get the North East Media to pay attention to UL & Teddy.

    UL has become nothing, but a pathetic propaganda machine that is getting taxpayers to pay for all their building. UL can’t get their fans or alums to give back, so UL currently has 3 special taxing districts in Louisville to pay for their stuff. UK fans are paying for stuff at UL, and probably don’t even know it. UL even trying to kick Kosair Hospital out of a building that UL doesn’t even own because Norton’s is hooking up with UK Children Hospital.

    UL as a whole is beyond desperate & pathetic.

  26. rick
    4:45 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    19, Arent you # 15, still crying and thats what little brother does.

  27. UKBlue
    4:52 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Robert Morris: we might have been the doormat of the SEC, but guess what, we were still getting bad the exact same amount as everybody else in the SEC. We’re about to make even more with the SEC Network. UL might have been winning, but were still losing because they make virtually no money off TV because no one cares about UL.

  28. UKBlue
    4:54 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    That was supposed to have been paid not bad. Damn phone.

  29. SevenT
    5:10 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville is the most over rated team in College Football.

    I can’t wait until next season when the dirty cards struggle to go 6-6 in the ACC.

    Beating up on weak competition is meaningless

    Lock That Up

  30. James
    5:16 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Charlie Strong to UF next year. UL fans need to enjoy this season. Down hill from here.

  31. Bradley
    6:35 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Top 10 program? Christ, where do you get these people?

  32. Sgt Jimmy
    6:51 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Strong to Florida next year, who knows? James maybe you can give the winning Lottery numbers next week. I could use the money.

  33. BravoBigBlue
    6:52 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry, but the Turds are not a top 10 college football program. They have the advantage of playing in a very weak conference. If they had Kentucky’s schedule, they go 6-6, 7-5 at best. They wouldn’t even be ranked in the top 25. Case closed.

  34. BravoBigBlue
    6:54 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    And as we see now, beating Florida wasn’t as big a deal as everyone thought. Muschchamp is a chump coach and will not be the Gators coach for long. He even makes Ron Zook look good.

  35. Lil bro blows
    7:06 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Lil bro btw

    We lead uk ul series

    We lead in total fball wins
    Uk 580 wins
    Ul 466 wins

    We lead in fball national titles

    What kind of powerhouse are you when we are beating you in everything in football that matters.

  36. scorpiocard
    8:24 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Wow…we missed out on an undersized DE. I’m depressed…

  37. scorpiocard
    8:39 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    HEY Lbb! Where here does it say uk won a football national title?

    Deluded pusscat fans think they won a national title! Fricking HILARIOUS!!! LMAO!!!

  38. Lil bro blows
    8:52 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

  39. On the train
    9:02 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    35 that’s going to change very soon lmao! # reality check this Saturday! #CARDS

  40. scorpiocard
    9:12 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    wikipedia!!!!! ROFLMFAO!!!!

    It says “Claimed national titles” LMFAO!!!!!


    Reality from the NCAA OFFICIAL website for delusional pusscat fans.

  41. scorpiocard
    9:17 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink


  42. Lil bro still blows
    9:21 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Ok so i will admit it is definitely pushing it but it does make it fun when trash talking. Here is the story behind it.

  43. scorpiocard
    9:24 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    Yes I am aware of all of it and that Sagarin ran whatever numbers he has on it and declared you guys champions. I won’t even argue that you did not have the best team that year. You likely did. We all know (those of us who are honest) that under todays system UK would have been national champions that year.

    And yeah…trash talk is fun. RIVALRY WEEK!!! WOO HOO!!!

  44. Bob
    11:05 pm September 9, 2013 Permalink

    #34, maybe UK can beat UF for first time in 26 years. Since no big deal UL beat them
    #35…who cares UL owns UK in modern series and will continue to do so..UK has been Kragthorped…wait and see. 5 coaches in 20 years and you guys keep falling for the hype..

    UK has NEVER had the sports year UL has in 2013…who is LIL Bro…look in mirror. Hell, your 3rd in state in football last 2 years.

  45. true story
    12:09 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 44 troll, how come only programs with no past want to worry exclusively about the ‘modern era’? Because you SUCKED before then, that’s why. You ARE LIL BRO and you prove it by showing up on our message board to troll. Go trim your line beard and let Big Brother talk to his friends k? Good lil fella… that’s a good boy…oh, and while you’re at it see if you can count the cupcakes on ALL OF YOUR SPORTS schedules k? Hope you have your insulin.

  46. true story
    12:11 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    And while w’ere at it… STOP WITH THE PRO UofL friggin’ posts on this site! If I cared what the media was saying about UofL I’d read the CJ.

  47. bob
    9:27 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    #45 LOL..Cupcakes like Western or Robert Morris? Go enjoy your 1 sport school. Basketball season started for you on 9-01. UL has surpassed UK in sports, facilities …etc. Enjoy your ass whooping this weekend. Charlies friend Joker is gone so the starters will not be pulled in 3rd qtr like last year. UL 48 Kitties 17.

  48. Jeremy
    9:52 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    Who gives a shit? They’ve played 1 rank team in 3 years…yawn

  49. bob
    10:43 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    #48…nice comeback….can’t dispute facts can you?

  50. Lil bro blows
    11:34 am September 10, 2013 Permalink

    44. I sure hope you continue your modern day dominance. A UK win saturday would give us 5 of the last 7. Your are so dominant. Modern day is convenient when it helps your arguement.