Louisville Cardinals football, oh, how the tides have turned.
The Cardinals went from a dominant football powerhouse with Bobby Petrino to a bottom-of-the-barrel football program with Steve Kragthorpe in less than a year.
In the past year, the UL football program has been hit hard—and I mean HARD!
It all started when Petrino, who built the Cards up as a BCS football powerhouse, resigned and headed to the NFL for the big $ to coach the Falcons. In comes Steve Kragthorpe.
The Cards had a pretty bad season, going 6-6 and having possibly one of the worst defenses in the nation. Included in the bad season were losses at UK (I was at the game, one of the greatest days of my life) and Syracuse (that was just funny).
Then on February 28, 2008, senior cornerback Rod Council was arrested for armed robbery when he robbed a gas station in North Carolina and was subsequently kicked off the team (hence the picture to the article).
On May 16, 2008, running back George Stripling was dismissed from the team for violation of team rules. Stripling was a backup running back but was expected to contend for the starting job this season.
Also, Anthony Allen, the Cards' starting running back, transferred from the program. Allen set the Cards' single-game rushing record against Middle Tennessee State with 275 yards rushing on the ground.
Just recently, junior receiver JaJuan Spillman was arrested for the second time in 10 months for DUI, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, and driving without insurance. Spillman was probably going to be the Cards' leading receiver this season. His career is likely over.
Also just recently, on a sad note, wide receiver Trent Guy was shot outside a nightclub in downtown Louisville. He is in serious but stable condition. The doctors say they expect him to make a full recovery, but they also say it's too early to speculate on his playing time.
Let me note, nobody is happy this happened, unlike what the title of this article suggests. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.
This season shouldn't be too much better for the Cards either. They lost pretty much their whole offense. Stack that on top of their awful defensive struggles last season, on top of all the players they lost, and that equals another season of disaster for the mighty Cards!
Oh, how the tides have turned. The once mighty and proud powerhouse football program has now been reduced to rubble since the loss of Petrino.
Did Bobby Petrino leave a curse on the mighty Cards?
Being as big of a UK fan as I am, I for one cannot be happier that the mighty Cards have fallen. They have fallen hard too!
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