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A Major Program's AD Has Called Out His Fan Base

A general view of Louisville's football stadium.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 07: A general view of the stadium during the Louisville Cardinals game against the Syracuse Orange at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Louisville fans don't appear to be happy with the state of their football program. The Cardinals are bad this season and some of the team's supporters have been calling for head coach Bobby Petrino to be fired.

The fan base's unhappiness is reflected in the team's attendance. Louisville had a pretty embarrassing turnout this past Saturday.

Louisville's athletic director isn't happy. The Cardinals' AD, Vince Tyra, has called out his fan base, telling them they need to do a better job of showing up to support the team. "Fans want to send a message to the program that, 'We don't like where we are.' And it's not going to improve if you're going to help us run off recruits," Tyra said. "We need fans there to show their loyalty, show their support and help us get these top recruits and be there." Louisville's attendance for Saturday's blowout loss to Wake Forest was listed at 49,603, though it appeared to be much lower than that in reality.

Louisville, 2-6, is set to play at Clemson on Saturday.