At a press conference this afternoon, Steve Kragthorpe called rumors that he had interviewed for the open head coaching position at SMU "absolute fiction" and said he is still completely committed to the University of Louisville football program.
Kragthorpe did not take any questions from the media.
The embattled first-year head coach said that his lofty expectations have not changed since the day he took the job, despite the fact that his Cardinal team - which was ranked in the top ten to begin the season - is 5-6. He said he knew it was going to be tough to live up to the preseason hype, but added that he wasn't prepared for some of the "off-the-field issues" that occurred this season. He also admitted that he was sure there were some people out there who were hoping that he would leave, which he said would be "the easy thing" for him to do.
The immediate reaction from the U of L fan base is, well, it's not the usual reaction you get from a fan base after a press conference in which the program's head coach announces he is not taking another job.
Like it or not, Steve Kragthorpe will be your head coach for at least the culmination of the Hunter Cantwell era.