Kragthorpe talks about 'distractions'

Louisville's 25-23 win over Southern Miss Saturday night capped a wild week full of off-field distractions for embattled coach Steve Kragthorpe and his 2-3 Cardinals.

After his team's first win over a Football Subdivision opponent since last October, Kragthorpe talked about how he's handled the rumors about his job security in recent weeks.

"It's not real difficult for me," Kragthorpe said durng his post-game press conference. "It's more difficult for my family than it is for me because I come to work every day at 6:30 and I leave at 10 o'clock and...I go to bed before [the] newscasts come on at 11:20. So it's a lot easier for me. But it's hard for my wife."

Speculation was hot and heavy all week around town that Kragthorpe might resign his position after the game against the Golden Eagles.

"My wife called me and says, 'What the heck's going on? She said 'did you talk to Tom?"

I said, "No, I haven't talked to Tom," Kragthorpe said.

She said, "Well, everybody thinks you've talked to Tom."

Kragthorpe later admitted that's it's been a tough situation for both him and his family. He also said he addressed the issue with his team before the game.

"It's not easy for me or anybody," said Kragthorpe. "I'm here for the long haul. I came here for a purpose. I'm going to show up and work hard every day. I thought our team did a great job of minimizing the distractions. We talked about the distractions that were out there all week long. We talked about what's on the boards. I don't read them but my kids do. Brad worries about it and wonders about it. I feel bad for him. I feel bad for my family not for me because I signed up for this job. It's just part of it. It's just the nature of the job and if you don't want to do it you need to do something different. And I don't want to do anything different than I'm doing right now."


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