When Bobby Petrino was hired at Louisville for the second time, most UofL fans realized it was a slimy move for a guy that backstabbed the program on the first go around, but realized wins were almost certain to follow.
Following the Steve Kragthorpe era, it seemed as though the program was willing to sacrifice their morals for the sake of success. Little did we know that would apply in more ways than one.
Dan Wolken of USA Today broke down the state of the UofL athletic program in his weekly “Misery Index,” and it was brutal.
Is this a great time to be a Louisville fan or what? The athletics director who built your program from the ground up and shoehorned it into the ACC has been ushered out after yet another scandal. Your legendary basketball coach has gone away in disgrace, leaving behind an uncertain future and potentially crippling fallout from the FBI investigation into college basketball. And that’s less than a year after the 2013 national championship banner was ordered to be taken down by the NCAA for yet another embarrassing episode involving stripper parties and escorts for recruits.
The Louisville brand has been exposed as morally bankrupt on every level. Even its signature accomplishment as the “most profitable basketball program in the country” has been defrocked to some degree, as reporting from the Courier-Journal exposed that the financial picture wasn’t nearly as rosy as the school made it out to be.
You know things are bad in Louisville when Bobby Petrino is the honorable, steady hand in your athletic department.
The new low for Louisville came Saturday in a 45-42 loss to Boston College. And though while the Vegas odds may have indicated this was a huge upset, it wasn’t much of a surprise. The trend lines have been very clear for Louisville dating back to the end of last season when people started figuring out that its offensive line was bad.
Including those games, Louisville has lost six of its last nine against FBS opponents and may legitimately be in danger of missing a bowl game. With road games at Florida State and Wake Forest coming up, there won’t be a huge margin for error on the back half of the schedule.
But Louisville wasn’t the only school of interest on his Misery Index. The Fighting Butch Jones’ of Tennessee also made the list.
Vol fans have mentally moved on from Butch Jones, and it’s likely a good percentage of them were probably rooting for South Carolina on Saturday to go ahead and finish him off. As of Sunday afternoon, that hadn’t happened officially (and may not for several more weeks), but the point of no return seems to have been breached. We have to allow for the likelihood, however, that a coaching search might be even more frustrating for Tennessee fans than the product on the field the last couple years.
Is there a better time than right now than to thank Mitch Barnhart, Mark Stoops, and John Calipari?
More than anything, thank God for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Read the entire USA Today article here.