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Louisville football just hasn't been the same since Lamar Jackson graduated. The cracks began to appear the season after Jackson won the Heisman when the Cardinals had one of college football's best quarterbacks but were still incapable of competing nationally. Jackson dragged them to an 8-5 finish but wasn't able to defeat Mississippi St. in the Taxslayer Bowl. 

Now in 2018, Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals have hit rock bottom. Louisville sits at 2-7 on the year and 0-6 in the ACC. They've absolutely dropped off a cliff after almost usurping Clemson a couple of years ago. Now Louisville is a team that loses 77-16 when they play Clemson. 

Things have gotten horribly bad very quickly in Louisville and it looks like there might be an exodus from the roster as well. 

With over 110 players on the roster this season, 20 isn't technically that many in raw numbers, but many of those 110 are seniors who can't transfer. Also, if 1/5 of the roster wants to transfer, that's a lot. Now, this doesn't mean they will, but the interest is there.

So it would be more accurate to say that 20 players on the roster have considered transferring deeply enough that they want the paperwork. That's still not a good sign for the team or the coaching staff. Half the goal of the coaches should be to make their players want to play for them and want to stay at the school they came to. 

This season has already been a mess on the field for Louisville and it will almost certainly result in head coach Bobby Petrino being fired. Although if a good portion of their roster reportedly wants to transfer, that means Petrino needs to go immediately before the next head coach is working with a massive talent deficit. 

Things have not been going well for Louisville in 2018 and it looks like they're only going to get worse before they get better. 

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