Tagged with Charlie Strong

Week one predictions: Louisville vs. Ohio

It’s officially September and the pigskins are flying around again. Having won their past two season openers under coach Charlie Strong, the Louisville Cardinals are coming off of a monumental BCS bowl win and will field perhaps the most talented team in program history in 2013. But that hasn’t curbed speculation that the Cards are vulnerable in week one against veteran coach Frank Solich and his Ohio Bobcats. With that in mind, we’re prepared to contribute some hard-hitting, evidence-based analysis to the pregame discourse. I mean, maybe not prepared at this exact moment but it feels like something will take shape before kickoff. Ask me again after I get a pot coffee in me and we’ll reevaluate. Until then, this is all we’ve got:

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Michael Dyer a good fit at Louisville, for the right reasons

Louisville football entered the offseason with a lot of questions surrounding the running back position, but by August it wasn’t a position battle that attracted the most scrutiny. The announcement that former Auburn star Michael Dyer would play in for the Cardinals in 2013 elicited strong reactions from the local media, but the constant refrain was slippery-slope hand wringing peppered with moral reproach. Critics descended upon the symbolism of an elite athlete tarnished by a history of burners and spice being welcomed into a community that emphasizes “no guns” and “no drugs” among its core tenets, displayed on official signage in the football facility. Particularly in the cynical summer of Aaron Hernandez and Johnny Van Der Beek Football, the subject of football players entitled to misconduct by virtue of their talent was, for good reason, a touchy one.
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UofL football returns to AP poll

After barely missing the cut with the preseason Coaches Poll earlier this month, today the Louisville football team received some symbolic validation with their first appearance in the AP Poll’s top 25 since 2007.

A month from now, a #25 ranking in a preseason poll will have served little purpose beyond message board fodder. Nonetheless, the recognition marks a watershed moment of redemption for Strong’s staff and team after nearly three years of tedious rebuilding. For the players and fans of a Louisville program shunned to the margins of the college football scene after the Kragthorpe fallout and conference realignment debate, reappearing in the national pigskin consciousness is a much-needed ego boost.

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Welcome to the cradle of Lebowski Fest, Chandler Bridges

Welcome to the cradle of Lebowski Fest, Chandler Bridges

Last week, Louisville’s football staff picked up their tenth verbal commitment in the class of 2013 from an intimidating Georgian named Chandler Bridges. The news is encouraging for two reasons:

  • Strong’s staff has assembled a very solid class of big, versatile kids. Although Kyle Bolin and Ryan White are the most glamorous commitments, Strong has shown a remarkable knack for closing with high-profile players near signing day. This year appears no different, as Louisville’s staff has positioned itself well with several elite-echelon players. The lineman-heavy foundation of ten 2013 verbals allows the coaches to focus on their most sought-after remaining targets.
  • Someone at UofL seems to have noticed The Big Russbowski, notified the proper parties, and arranged to have a passable Jeff Bridges stand-in recruited.

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