Hello everyone! It’s been a minute since you’ve heard from me. Allow me to explain. You see, since the beginning of the year when I brought you the exit interviews of Tutu, Dez and Javian, I just lost the desire to write. My passion had dissipated. I think not being on the sidelines last season made me feel disconnected from the team (Stupid Covid) but my love for the Cards never wavered. My heart just wasn’t into writing and it’s not fair to write posts for you just for the sake of putting out content. I need my heart to be fully committed to what I bring you (you deserve that), so I just took an unannounced break. It’s not you … it’s me!
But with the recent announcements of 100% capacity for this season and no masks, I feel rejuvenated. My heart is full again – My desire is back – My passion is on an upward trend. So get ready. From now until kickoff of game one, myself and the rest of the CSZ staff will be putting out some great football content.
Thank you for your understanding.
Now let’s get down to business.
Expectations for this football program are all over the place depending on who you talk to. I invite all of you to reply to this with your expectations for this season. I’m really interested to see how much they all differ.
The problem with expectations is that some of you are so diehard that your expectations are really your desires and sometimes can be a little unrealistic. That said, expectations for the season are not the same as projecting a win total.
Some people change their expectations based on the prior seasons success or failures. I fully understand why that is. My program expectations only change when a new coach is hired because there is always a huge adjustment and I don’t feel just any coach can come in and meet my expectations within the first three years. But in those first three years under a new head coach, my expectations won’t change… no matter the coach. Basically I’m giving a new coach three years to meet my expectations or I start looking for his replacement. Here is what I wrote back in July of 2019…
I’m giving him (Satterfield) this season with no expectations of wins but in year 2, I’ll need to see a bowl game and year 3 should yield 8-10 wins. Around 10 wins a year should be the norm for this program. If you are just happy with 6 wins on a yearly basis then I suggest you move east.
Well, they did make a bowl game in the first two seasons. And I said I wouldn’t change my expectations, so I’m expecting 8-10 wins.
But I’m also a realist and I understand most Las Vegas over/under betting lines have Louisville at 6.5 or 7 projected wins.
While my expectations for wins this season are higher than projected by the “experts,” I have also prepared myself for the reality that my expectations are simply that – MINE.
Be advised that within the next few weeks, I will be releasing my game by game season predictions and those predictions will not be the same as my expectations.
My expectations are more based on what level I feel the program should be at given the amenities, the fan/university support and all the tools at the disposal of the team and staff to perform at the highest level.
My predictions are how the team will fair depending on how well the coaches recruited, developed talent and devised game plans for success – as well as the quality of the opponents on the schedule.
Based on my reasoning, some of you will say that you expect them to never lose a game. I love that sentiment but it’s just not realistic. Can it happen in the future? Yes, it can. But we are still a long way away from that happening.
So I ask you to please comment with you expectations. Not your season predictions (I’ll ask for those very soon).
As Always, GO CARDS!