The school up the road’s Athletic Director is known more for his goofy faces than his department’s success. Lexghanistan’s College is known for hoops and….well, that’s about it. We appreciate his going out on a limb and saying that UofL “had a nice year.” Really? Pretty insightful Mitch. Luckily, here at LSL we have some interpreters that can tell you what he really meant about the Cards’ success.
What he said:
What do you make of the year Louisville is having?
“They’ve had a nice year. At the end of the day, they’ve done some things in their major sports and they should be congratulated on that. They’ve had a nice year. What I’m proud of is the depth of our sports program and what we’ve done. Going into these last three or four sports in the Director’s Cup*** where they rank all the sports, our department is 22nd in the country and ranked fourth in the league. I don’t know if we can hold that through track and field — we have some really strong track programs in our league and we might not hold that — but we’ll be good. We’ll be solid again.
“At the end of the day, the depth of our program is pretty good. They’ve had a really nice year in their major sports. The depth of our program though, I think, it outstanding. We’ve just got to get back. It’s not like we didn’t win a national championship two years ago. I know everybody remembers it, we won that. Don’t forget that our women’s basketball team has been to the Elite Eight in three of the last five years. Matthew had a nice year this year, second in our league and second in the tournament, went to the Elite Eight. It wasn’t a horrible year for us (laughs).
“We’re not going to get into this back-and-forth stuff. Give them credit for what they’ve done. They had a nice year, and that’s good for them. But I’m proud of what we’ve done. Our kids competed hard and we made significant improvements in a lot of sports and the consistency with which we’ve done on the field, on the court, those type of things, I’m really pleased with what our coaches are doing. It’s across the board. It hasn’t wavered much. There have been a couple hiccups, but we’ll get back to where we want to be. For the most part, our coaches have been rock solid.”
What he meant:
“Louisville’s had a phenomenal year; one that’s unprecedented in the history of college athletics. They beat us head-to-head in the two major sports and their top non-revenue programs competed for national championships. I had my underlings scour the internet to find a ranking that would have us ahead of them by including ridiculous criteria. The Capital One Cup was so bad looking for us, we had to find something that looked a little better. After a painstakingly long search, we discovered the NACDA Director’s Cup, which had us ahead of them, so we are going with that. It’s like the NIT of athletic program measurements, so that fit our profile of who we are (makes a goofy face).
At the end of the day, the depth of our program is pretty good. Their football team beat us again, and I thanked Tom for making Charlie feel bad for Joker and not running up the score. Let’s not kid ourselves, they could’ve put 50 on us easily with Teddy still in the game. We didn’t win a conference game the entire year, but UofL showed us how to actually beat a team in our own conference by beating Florida in the Sugar Bowl. That’s pretty impressive considering we haven’t been able to do that in 27 years. If people thought that the Gators were disinterested when they played Louisville, they basically sleepwalk every year and take us to the woodshed. They finished 11-2 and 13th in the country and we ended up at 2-10 and 4th in the state behind WKU and Trinity; but at least we had BBN supporting us last year with 19,000 screaming fans at Commonwealth. That’s the epitome of SEC football right there. But hey, we had over 50,000 fans for our spring game; there has to be a banner for that, right?
We’re not going to get into this back-and-forth stuff. Give them credit for what they’ve done. They had a nice year, and that’s good for them. Our women’s team lost in the Elite Eight, but their women’s team finished national runner-up for the second time in school history. I don’t think we’ve ever gotten that far. What can you say about their men’s basketball team? A group of kids who actually value a college education. They were molded into a well-oiled machine who used the Kevin Ware injury as a turning point in their tournament run. Our team on the other hand was preseason #3 and lost to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT. I didn’t like all of our fans saying ‘wait until basketball season’ during the football campaign; it really made them look silly when the Robert Morris fans were storming the court.
Our baseball team started out in the top 10 in the preseason, too. Looking back on it, the comment President Todd made a few years ago about UofL over hyping and under performing is certainly ironic. Anyway, we did manage to beat Louisville once, but they came back up to Lexington and hammered us on our home field. Like their football team, their baseball team showed us how to win in the SEC by beating Vanderbilt in the Super Regional, something we couldn’t do in three tries this year. But, like I said, I really like our depth in all of our programs. I’m going to be following up on that spring game attendance banner. ”
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