October 11, 2007

Louisville: Kragthorpe Eats His Lack Of Words

Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe made very clear earlier this season how he feels about discussing injuries - and it wasn't warm or fuzzy. Kragthorpe's personal experiences as a player and now as a father of football-playing sons led him to develop a strict "no comment" policy on injury reports. Any injury that was not season-ending was not discussed at all, both as a means of gaining competitive advantage against opponents and to protect players from deliberate hits that might target injured players. But as of this week, Kragthorpe and the Cardinals will be issuing a weekly injury report the day before each game, listing players as either "questionable" or "probable" for participation.

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September 14, 2007

The Virtue Of Silence

Kentucky and Louisville's rivalry extends so far outside the lines, it has infiltrated the injury report. When the Wildcats take on the Cardinals on Saturday, Steve Kragthorpe and Co. should be as familiar with the injuries plaguing Kentucky's lineup as the players themselves, but Rich Brooks' staff won't know what to expect until certain Cardinals remain on the bench at Commonwealth Stadium. And both coaches are well aware of the consequences of their choice to fill in or force out.

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