Is it finally safe to be excited about Louisville Basketball?

Now that Louisville basketball has navigated through what may be the most important off-season in program history, it’s time for our boys in red to go have themselves a season. And I, for one and am as excited as I’ve ever been about a team going into a fresh slate of games — not because I necessarily think they’re going to be very good this year, but because this is the beginning of the Chris Mack era which is getting more and more hype with every big name commitment and/or impressive press conference where our new head coach continues to say and do all of the right things.

The opening regular season game vs. Nichols may or may not be an indicator of a team that will routinely struggle this year, but for me that’s not as important as having a definitive reason to actually get excited about the future of the program. Chris Mack has completely sold me on the notion that he is the guy that will take us back to the promised land, and I’m realistic that it could take a year or two to get the ship righted. I’m not worried about the competency of the coaching staff or the talent that he has currently or committed to the future.

But as I continue to allow myself to be caught up in the “Mack Attack” hype, there’s a nagging voice in the back of my head that exists only to ask the following question: is it now truly safe to be excited about Louisville Basketball? This isn’t a rhetorical question — I’m serious — can I, as an emotionally damaged, repeatedly betrayed fan of all things Louisville Basketball finally let my guard down and focus on actual action on the court?

“Can I, as an emotionally damaged, repeatedly betrayed fan of all things Louisville Basketball finally let my guard down and focus on actual action on the court?”

Depending on who you ask, the answer is pretty muddy. Does anyone actually know what’s going on with the FBI/Brian Bowen/Kenny Johnson situation? Will Louisville get further sanctions/penalties? Is (gulp) the death penalty actually on the table? Will this be the last hurdle that the program has in its way? If you have any insight, please, for the love God, enlighten me because I genuinely don’t understand or have any preconception of how this will actually turn out.

As a lifelong fanatic of Louisville Basketball, I’ve been more than impressed with the way that Chris Mack has managed to swoop in and quickly restore some semblance of hope for the future. But I’m not sure if I can take another painful kick in the stomach. Like a lot of my Cardinal brethren, my fanhood persists, and I fully trust our new HC to not cut any corners or bend any rules — or to be a slimy, deceptive liar with no moral compass. But what has happened before Mack’s arrival happened, and its likely that some sort of punishment will be dealt at some point in the future (who knows when?), and it makes me sick that the new staff, as well as the masses of dedicated fans are still in NCAA purgatory with no answers and no timetable on when any of this bullshit will be resolved, once and for all.