Re: 2010 UC Football Official Discussion Thread
I see a similar parralel between UC and West Virginia when Rodriguez left for Michigan and even Louisville when Petrino was there.
Three schools that have had moderate success in football but in two of the cases were overshadowed by basketball (UC when Huggins was there, Louisville because it is Kentucky). When the team won, the fans came and packed the stadium, especially when the product being placed on the field was extremely exciting.
Then the bottom fell out:
Bobby Petrino left for the Atlanta Falcons then eventually Arkansas. Louisville thought they would strike gold again hiring a promising young coach in Steve Kragthorpe. After three seasons of underachieving, Kragthorpe was gone and the fan support eroded.
Rich Rodriguez left for Michigan and left West Virginia in such a way that brought out the very worst in this state. While WVU fans pull for Rodriguez to fall, the sun has fallen on the Mountaineer football program with Bill Stewart at the helm. They were solid with Pat White and Steve Slaton after Rod left but nowhere near the success under Rodriguez. WVU still packs Mountaineer Field, but the program is back to the Nehlen days under Bill Stewart.
The only difference between UC and Louisville/WVU is that UC is going back to the same well. Butch Jones could very well be a carbon copy of Brian Kelly, and I hope minus the leaving for Notre Dame that he is for UC fans.
Originally Posted by savafan
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