A press release from Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich admitted that offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway had a conversation with Tommy Elrod leading up to the Wake Forest - Louisville game, and it resulted in knowledge of plays that Wake Forest planned to run for the game.
Galloway and Elrod were on the same staff during their time at Wake Forest, which is likely why the call was made to begin with.
The full press release is below:
This release is infuriating as a Wake Forest fan. It basically says “we know we cheated, but it doesn’t matter because Wake Forest didn’t use any of the plays that we knew about.”
To say that they are disappointed that this is taking attention away from their bowl preparation is about the most disrespectful thing that could have been put in that statement.
They are downplaying the entire situation as a whole, and chalking it up as doing nothing out of the ordinary, which is either jarring because it DOES happen this frequently with them, or jarring because Louisville simply just doesn’t care.
I am sure that Galloway will be disciplined in one way or another, likely with either a suspension, or “internal discipline”, while Coach Petrino will go with the “I didn’t have any idea what was going on with my coaches” defense (i.e. the Rick Pitino).
Given the current culture of the Louisville athletic administration I cannot say this comes as a huge shock, as Bobby Petrino and Rick Pitino have been involved in several situations over the past few years. Needless to say, the Louisville athletic department is far from a beacon of excellence when it comes to morality, and this is just the most recent example.
It will be interesting to see if Louisville is the only school that comes out with something like this or if there are more out there to be uncovered. Also, if Louisville refuses to sanction or punish itself for receiving this, will the ACC or NCAA step in?