This weekend will mark the one year anniversary of the dreaded 2012 Senior Day for the Louisville Football program. Senior Day is typically a special day as the veteran players are honored prior to their final game on the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
Unfortunately, Nov. 24, 2012 was not a special day for Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals as they were upset by the Connecticut Huskies 23-20 in overtime. To make matters worse, the attendance was as poor as it’s been during the Charlie Strong era and the temperature was in the twenties. Starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went down with both an ankle injury and a fractured wrist.
Just two days after the game, Charlie Strong stood at the podium for his weekly press conference and made some comments that surprised the Louisville fan base. Strong called out Card Nation for not packing the stadium and showing up to the Card March to see his seniors off the right way. He even applauded Louisville’s in-state rival at his own program’s expense.
“Why can’t we go pack it out like the Big Blue Nation,” Strong asked.
We’re now less than a week away from the fourth Senior Day of the Charlie Strong era and although the attendance this season has been better, Strong still expects better.
“The only thing we’re looking for is getting our crowd here,” Strong said at his weekly press conference on Monday afternoon. “Last year, I think it was a year ago at this exact time, I made mention that it was Senior Day and we didn’t have our crowd that was similar to Saturday night.
“I’d like to thank the people who did come out on Saturday. It was our first game in five years here on a Saturday night, I thought maybe we’d get a packed house. We’re still working and I know it’s a work in progress.”
Saturday’s game against 3-6 Memphis is set for a noon kickoff. The Louisville Basketball team has a game at 2 PM tip on the same day. It’ll be interesting to see what the turnout is at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.