When you gamble on college athletics, sometimes you forget to realize that these athletes are still just kids.
Sure, a lot of them don’t look much like kids, when they’re towering over most normal-sized humans and sprinting faster than Jimmy John’s delivers.
Thankfully, though, the Louisville football team gave us all a gentle reminder of that fact this week. In a story that can only be described as comical, Cardinals’ head coach Charlie Strong blamed a video game for his team’s lack of preparation in their lackadaisical 21-14 loss to Pittsburgh on Senior Day last weekend.
From the Card Chronicle:
It’s not especially surprising to see a young team struggle with success, but head coach Charlie Strong said on Monday that there may have been another contributing factor to his team’s poor preparation: the release of the video game “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ (or, as Strong calls it, “Call to Duty”).
“It’s young people,” Strong said. “That’s what we’re dealing with. We’re dealing with young guys who–all of the sudden there’s something new and they want to try it, and it just engulfs them.”
Louisville, one of the youngest teams in the nation, was making great strides in Strong’s second season and had an outside shot at the Big East Championship. But now the Cardinals remain a half-game back of leader Cincinnati in a four-way tie for second place.
I’m sure bettors who backed Louisville -3 against Pitt aren’t that amused by this story.