After Clemson, the ACC is sort of a middling mess. It feels like any team in the league can beat any other on a given weekend. And then there's Louisville football.
Just a few years removed from having one of the most dynamic players in the country in former Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, the Cardinals are an absolute mess.
Louisville is off to a 2-5 start. After a drubbing at the hands of Alabama to start the year, the Cardinals beat Indiana State and Western Kentucky to start the year, but have lost four straight to ACC clubs.
The average score of those in-league games: 39.75-19.5. Louisville can score a little bit, but are 102nd in scoring defense.
Bobby Petrino hot seat talk has started to come up with Louisville football's bad start.
Athletic director Vince Tyra has now had to address the situation with his high-profile head coach.
Matt Fortuna of The Athletic spoke to Tyra, who recently took over as the full-time AD after assuming the interim role following the scandal surrounding the men's basketball program, about where Petrino and the program stands.
“You assess everything,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said. “You’re assessing where you are by the freshmen through seniors, where each class is and how they’re performing, (what) the next class of recruits that we’re onto look like. You’re certainly assessing both sides of the ball and the staff, but I think it’s one that I’m not quick to make final assessments when we’re halfway through the season.
“So, I’m pretty thoughtful about when we need to look at things, and I think that we’re going to run this season out and we’ve still got five games left to make some improvements and hopefully we’ll see that. But we’re not meeting the coaches’, the players’ or anyone’s expectations today on where we thought we’d be. Certainly, I don’t think when we started the season that the staff, the players, the administration thought we’d be 2-5.”
Tyra went on to say that a "full assessment" will come at season's end, but he's not going to be swayed by outside pressure or what is said in the media.
The full article is behind the site's paywall, but it is a very good read for Louisville and general college football fans, on what has happened to a program that looked ascendant just a few years ago, and what may go down with Petrino's future at UL.