Louisville wasn’t going to beat Alabama, and Vegas predicted a beatdown, but the Cards were completely unprepared heading into their matchup with the Crimson Tide.
First, UofL had four illegal substitutions against Alabama. Not great, Bob! But then you find out why it happened and it’s completely inexcusable. UofL has a personnel group and a formation that was the same phrase. So, when UofL would call out the formation, some players thought it was their call to enter the game. Classic!
If I was a Louisville fan this would really worry me. You have a month of fall camp to prepare. The coaching staff never once realized during practice that they had a personnel grouping with the same name as a formation? https://t.co/u1wrry9zsP
— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) September 2, 2018
But it gets worse. UofL had prepared for Jalen Hurts to be the starting quarterback. Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder knew that Tua Tagovailoa would play, but he prepared his team for Hurts to be the starter.
“He had reviewed the three bullet points on the white board — communicate, explosiveness, win third downs — and he had matter-of-factly mentioned how he believed Alabama would start Jalen Hurts at quarterback, switch to Tagovailoa shortly thereafter, and then go from there the rest of the way.”
Well, one of the two had to start and Nick Saban was adamant both would play (don’t ask him any other QB questions unless you’re looking for a scolding), but to matter-of-factly state that Hurts would be the starter and then be wrong isn’t a great look.
Bobby Petrino has had some tough luck with defensive coordinators during his second stint at UofL and it looks like this season may be more of the same.
So, maybe this retires the uncovered wide receiver jokes? Or the time UK didn’t prepare for Lamar Jackson in 2015? We can only hope.
You gotta just hate hearing about UofL’s struggles…