Will the real University of Louisville football team please stand up?
Are the Cardinals the juggernaut they showed they can be during the first half against North Carolina when they ran up a 36-7 halftime lead?
Or the team that looked completely different in the second half when they were lucky to stave off a North Carolina rally that scared the bejabbers out of Cardinal fans before their team won 39-34. Yes, the Tar Heels outscored UofL 27-3 in the second half.
As usual, Cardinal quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was on fire in the first two quarters, passing for three touchdowns. The Cardinals simply made it look perhaps too easy because they and the Tar Heels were totally different teams in the second half.
The Cardinals moved up two spots from 20th to 18th in USA Today’s Coaches Poll.
Next up for UofL is a 7 p.m. Saturday game against Florida International in Miami that will be televised by ESPNU.
Cats No Thin 30
The big question of the day is not if the Big Blue will switch football coaches, but when.
Never since the Chalie Bradshaw days when all but 39 of the Wildcats were run off has the program been as low as it now is.
While I don’t think there is anything that Joker Phillips can do to save his job, he might try by taking the red shirt off quarterback Patrick Towles. Here is a young man who can play and is big enough and strong enough to withstand the pressure and bruises any Division One quarterback will endure.
The ineptness of Kentucky’s recruiting was embarrassing. A Kentucky freshman from Fort Campbell High School, Antonio Andrews, was Mr. Football last season. UK didn’t want him. Well, Western did. You know what Mr. Andrews did to the Wildcats? He torched them for three touchdowns plus the deciding extra two-pointer in overtime. Yes, it was a trick play. Unfair! Unfair! Well that’s what coaches are for. But Willie Taggert’s Hilltoppers worked it to perfection and nipped the Cats 32-31.
A lot of Big Blue supporters for two consecutive games have voted with glaring absent rear ends in the Commonwealth Stadium seats. Only 53,980 saw the game. But that was better than the 48,000 that watched the previous game.
UK sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith was touched for four interceptions. He passed the ball 60 times, completed 34 for 332 yards and two touchdowns.
What should UK do to right the ship?
One available, competent coach is Bobby Petrino. Yes, I know that he carries a lot of baggage, but he can coach. Yes, he is no choir boy, but of all the coaches I have known, only three or four of them have been.
Bringing in the former Louisville and Arkansas coach – NOW! – would send a message that Kentucky is getting serious about football and would open the door to recruits who can play football.
The Cats travel to Gainesville, Fla., Saturday for a 12:21 game with Florida. It will be televised by Insight 194.
Look for the Gators to pile it on the Wildcats if they can because their coach’s job reportedly is in jeopardy.
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Earl Cox, Sports Columnist
Earl doesn¹t just write about sports legends, he counts many of them as his
friends. A member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been writing
about sports for 60 years. Incidentally, that¹s about how long it’s been
since he¹s cleaned his desk but he knows where everything is.