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August 31, 2009

Ramblin' Reck: ISU opponent feeling the heat, too

Indiana State’s football team again will have a tough task in trying to snap its losing streak Saturday when the Sycamores take on major power Louisville in the opener for the Kentucky team.

Louisville has not lost 27 games in a row, but the Cards are coming off two subpar seasons under coach Steve Kragthorpe, who is 11-13 in his first two seasons at the Big East school.

University officials deny there is pressure on the team to win and compete in a bowl game for the first time in three years, but there will be pressure from fans accustomed to winning.

The Cardinals were 5-7 and 1-6 in the Big East last year.

The Louisville Courier-Journal lists Kragthorpe on the hot seat along with first-year Auburn coach Gene Chizik, Notre Dame’s Charlie Weis, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema and Al Groh of Virginia.

The newspaper’s beat writer picks Louisville to finish 5-7 and to lose to rival Kentucky for the third straight season.

By the way, Indiana State alumni will have a tailgate gathering prior to the contest that begins at 7:30 p.m.

• New coaches — Two Terre Haute North graduates have new coaching jobs this fall.

Andy Hopkins is an assistant coach for men’s and women’s tennis at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. He is a 2009 graduate of Ohio Northern and is getting an MBA in health care management.

Rob Roads is coaching cross country, track and swimming at Rivet High School in Vincennes. He is teaching physical education and health. The cross country team began its season in the Terre Haute South Invitational.

In a related note, John Memmer recently became the winningest coach in all sports at Riverton Parke when the volleyball posted a victory.

Elsewhere, Park Tudor has hired Ed Schilling to coach boys basketball.

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