In a statement from Wednesday, Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich admitted that their football team accepted game plan information from outed Wake Forest radio broadcaster rat, Tommy Elrod.
Wake Forest conducted an internal investigation based on a sheet of diagrammed plays that was discovered by an equipment manager in Papa John’s Stadium prior to the Demon Deacons game against the Cardinals. The investigation concluded that Elrod had divulged the information to sabotage Wake Forest.
In the non-apology, Louisville stated that offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received gameplan information from Elrod, whom he knew from their time spent together on the Wake Forest coaching staff from 2011 to 2012.
“Lonnie received a call from Elrod during the week of the Wake Forest game, and some information was shared with him that week. Among the communication were a few plays that were sent and then shared with our defensive staff. None of the special plays were run during the course of the game. Our defense regularly prepares for similar formations every week in their normal game plan.
“Any other information that may have been discussed was nothing that our staff had not already seen while studying Wake Forest in their preparations for the game and the material was not given any further attention. I’m disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”
So basically, Louisville admits they got the information, but no biggie. It’s a remarkably defiant statement considering they are essentially admitting to cheating.
Now the interrogation spotlight has to shift to Bobby Petrino. It’s not like Galloway is some peon on his staff, he’s the OC, and essentially 2nd in command. Even if Petrino didn’t order the Code Red, so to speak, Galloway at least knew that Petrino would be open to accepting the information that was obtained.
These developments are not shocking. Petrino is a notoriously shady character. He famously lost his job as head coach at the University of Arkansas for getting in a motorcycle wreck with his mistress along for the ride. He only arrived at Arkansas after ghosting the Atlanta Falcons with Dear John letters in the players lockers. Classy dude.
Bobby Petrino is the real slim shady.