Charlie was a much needed piece for the rise of our football team. Think back to how awful everything was in that last year of the Kragthorpe era? When Jurich finally fired Krag and we got Charlie, all we wanted as Cards fans was work our way back to the feeling we had in Petrino's last year.
Charlie came in and restored the players enthusiasm for the game. He also was an absolute BEAST when it came to recruiting. Many things had to line up just right in order for us to have even gotten to the point where the mighty machine that is TEXAS would want a coach from our little city school. As a Cards fan we are left saying "Here We Go Again". We get another bang up coach that really just isn't that into us.
When Charlie told Tennessee to stick it last year I was thinking in my head that we finally got a damn coach who wants to be here. We finally got a coach that is true to his word and wants to make his legacy right here with us. All of the tears, all of the this is where my heart is stuff. Raise your hand if you thought that 10 months later we would be looking for a new head coach? What is it about this place where our coaches are constantly searching for a greater destiny? It's not like this is just a horrible place with the facilities of Grambling State, a stadium that holds 4 thousand and a non existent fan base. We have world class facilities, the best AD in the world, a state of the art stadium, and the pay to coach here is top ten. Here are a list of schools who currently pay their coach less than Louisville pays theirs: Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas A and M, Florida State, Florida, USC Oregon. Yes don't adjust your screen you just read that and it's the reality. Stepping stone job my ass. Why is it that every time Louisville has a few good seasons, our coach decides it's time to move on? UCF just had a great season, our their fans sweating out if their coach is leaving? What about any of the other schools that had a decent season? I'm starting to think it's just a Louisville thing. We could be in the SEC paying our coach 7 million and still have to worry about USC's coaching vacancy. I am convinced that there is nothing more that we can do. I mean we hired a guy that nobody else would hire and gave him a chance and everything he needed including top ten pay and even that guy burned our ass.
I would like to thank Charlie for getting us out of the Krag era. Too bad we will have to leave on the what if terms. What if you stayed and continued to recruit and build your own program/legacy the way you want it and take shots at winning a title every season in the ACC? What if Texas doesn't work out and you yourself have to think what if I had just stayed with the Louisville Cardinals? Looking at the other coaches who felt that the grass was greener on the other side, they are probably all asking themselves, what if they had just stayed at Louisville. Mainly Petrino and John L. Sometimes when you have a good thing going you have to take that into consideration. To me the majority of jobs are lateral moves. Had he left for Tennessee to me that's a lateral move. I feel like coaches still see us as if we are on the same level as Houston, or Memphis or even Cincy. We cannot seem to escape the stench of CUSA.
I wish Charlie the best of luck, he has put us in position to be in a good spot in our debut year in the ACC. The sad part is that if the next coach has a bang up year next year, will we be left wondering yet again if we are going to lose our coach? I think this next coach needs to be a Louisville guy. Just like Michigan went out and got a Michigan man. We need a Louisville guy. Someone who understands our city. Someone who isn't pissed that the house wasn't packed on Saturday at noon in a 30 degree game against FIU. A coach who understands that basketball is king here but knows we still love our football. A coach that just simply gets it. Who that guy is? I don't know. But after Charlie chose to leave even after everything, I am convinced that a Louisville guy is our only option.