The words came from Reece Davis on ESPN’s College Football Final: “Louisville has been exposed, at least as far as defense.”
They’re the same words that came from Maurice Grinter before the Wildcats and Cardinals played two weeks ago. Maybe Grinter has a future in broadcasting.
Certainly, harsh assessments of the Cardinals were the order of the night.
Davis called them the “Tackling Optional Cardinals” in a teaser to their segment and called their 2-2 start “an unmitigated disaster.”
Analyst Mark May said: “It’s refreshing to see a coach from a major program step up and take responsibility. The problem is not with the offense. It’s the defense. Defensive coordinator Mike Cassity is a holdover from the Bobby Petrino regime. They’re out of position, they can’t tackle, they take bad angles, they blow assignments and they don’t get any pressure on. . . . It’s embarrassing for this program.”
Said Lou Holtz: “They snapped a 20-game winning streak at home. If you’re going to have a good football team, they seniors must play the best football of their career. . . . Obviously, some of the seniors at Louisville are not playing the best football of their career. They’re not very good fundamentally. They can’t tackle. Reece and I could have run through them.”
In a way, Lou, you guys already did.
On SportsCenter, Lee Corso listed U of L as his most disappointing team of the day.
Most Cardinal fans would agree.