LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe
released defensive coordinator Mike Cassity, and offensive
coordinator Charlie Stubbs resigned on Sunday just days after the
Cardinals stumbled to a 6-6 season.
Jeff Brohm, a former Louisville star whose brother Brian just
finished his career with the Cardinals, was promoted to offensive
coordinator. Jeff Brohm served as assistant head coach,
quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator this season.
"I think Jeff and I are on the same wavelength and I also want
to keep some continuity," Kragthorpe said. "I thought we did some
very good things offensively [but] certainly we fell short in some
Cassity was released after spending four seasons with the
Cardinals, three of them as defensive coordinator. Louisville
struggled stopping opponents all year, finishing 84th nationally in
total defense and 93rd in scoring defense, allowing 416.5 yards and
31.4 points per game.
Though Louisville finished eighth in the country in total
offense, averaging 488 yards per game, the Cardinals couldn't seem
to generate a consistent running game and had trouble protecting
"The biggest change is that Jeff will call the plays on game
day," Kragthorpe said. "I thought we did a good job as an
offensive staff of developing game plans together, then Charlie
took the lead on game day. Now Jeff takes the lead."
Louisville began the season ranked in the top 10 after winning
the Big East and the Orange Bowl last year under former coach Bobby
Petrino, but plummeted after consecutive losses to Kentucky and
Louisville's problems weren't limited to the field.
Willie Williams was kicked off the team in September after being arrested
on drug charges and ended up pleading guilty to possession of
marijuana, one of several players to run into trouble.
"We have had some challenges," Kragthorpe said. "From an
accountability standpoint, I think the guys are starting to
understand that the way I operate is if you follow the rules and do
the things you're supposed to do and you're a good person then
you're going to get a chance to play."
The Cardinals never factored in the Big East race, and needed an
18-point rally in the season finale against Rutgers on Thursday to
avoid their first losing season since 1997.