Back when Bobby Petrino was head coach of the Louisville Cardinals from 2003 to 2006, the Cards were reaching heights they had never touched before.
Under Petrino, the Ville went 41-9, including an 11-1 season in 2004 that led to a No. 6 final ranking and an Orange Bowl victory in 2006, capping an incredible 12-1 season for Louisville whose only blemish was a 28-25 loss to a resurgent Rutgers team.
It seemed like there was no stopping this incredible force of a team and its wonderful leader of a quarterback, Brian Brohm.
Then in January 2007, it all exploded.
Petrino decided to resign from Louisville to become head coach of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons. In what Louisville fans have called a "whirlwind courtship", Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe was hired as new head coach in less than 48 hours.
And that's where Louisville football becomes a sad, sputtering sliver of the program it used to be. The team came into Kragthorpe's first year with a No. 9 preseason ranking.
Save for aforementioned great quarterback Brian Brohm, the team bombed out, finished 6-6, and was not invited to a bowl game. The next year was worse: Louisville had its first losing season since 1997, going 5-7 and suffering three incredibly embarrassing losses—27-2 at home to in-state rival Kentucky, 41-7 to Pittsburgh, and a horrific 63-14 loss to a red-hot Rutgers team.
In 2009, Kragthorpe's job security is nonexistent. The Cardinals currently sit at 4-7 after a 34-22 loss to South Florida and are all but confirmed to another loss to a great 7-3 Rutgers team.
The offense is nothing like it used to be with a high of 30 points versus Indiana State. The defense has been good at times, but has allowed 30 points or more in six different games.
It has gotten so bad that Louisville fans have resulted to parodying Drake to get their frustration out (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rSb1CQDSOY). For the program's sake, yes, it's time to Bag Krag.