We’re a little more than a month away from the start of football practice. And a little less than two months from the start of a University of Louisville football season that looks like none other in the past decade.
Expectations, I would say, are lower right now than they’ve been since John L. Smith’s first season in Louisville.
Cardinals coach Steve Kragthorpe is under increasing pressure to perform. While U of L athletic director Tom Jurich has said this is not a “make-or-break season” for the third-year coach, I don’t think any reasonable observer thinks that the program can maintain its broad base of support if another team melts down to finish near the Big East basement.
So the big question heading into this season is, how will improvement will be measured?
As a columnist, it’s a question I have to ask myself. Because you want to be fair, even if you wind up being critical.
I understand that some of this can only be answered after seeing a little bit of the personnel once it is assembled and in one place next month.
But there is, for each fan, and certainly for me, and you would think for Jurich, a checklist in place. It may not be written down, but it is in mind.
My question today is: What does your checklist look like? If you’re a U of L football follower, what items are on that list that must have a check mark beside them come season’s end if you’re going to be satisfied or at least encouraged moving forward?
I’ll be honest. My checklist isn’t complete. I have five or six things in mind that need to happen for this season to show signs of success even if the record remains sub-.500. I will, certainly, offer my list in print, however, before the start of the season.
But I’m interested in as many thoughts as I can get. You can email me by clicking here, or just respond in the comments section of this blog.
So, let’s have it. What’s on your checklist?