Well, with the late game and deadline being what it was, I had to stay in the press box to write rather than go down to the postgame interviews.
Two interesting quotes from Brian Brohm, though. The first was that he said it was probably the worst loss he’d ever been a part of. The second was that they were going to come out and play this next game and “just win it for ourselves.”
In a way, that’s the right thing. This game should certainly be about Brohm and Harry Douglas and guys like that.
Kragthorpe, according to our people who got down to the interview room, didn’t offer much insight. Got off to a bad start. Couldn’t recover. Went into a tailspin.
The last time U of L lost a game by this much was in 1987 to Southern Miss. I saw Craig Swabek in the press box a minute ago. He said, “I was on that team. I remember, Coach Schnellenberger had us on the practice field at 6 the next morning. That was the game where he made his famous quote — ‘They played like dogs . . . but they’re my dogs.'”
This column was a tough one to write. I simply went through many of the explanations being offered for why the season has turned out the way it has, then say that despite all of those — even if you concede all those points — the team still shouldn’t look as bad as it did last night. And that falls on the coaching.
My final paragraph: “The last time U of L’s football team was in this state, it left with a trophy full of oranges. I can’t blame a lot of fans now who feel as if they’ve been handed a lemon.”