It turns out Petrino isn’t biggest pig in college sports — it’s his boss

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich responds to a question during a press conference, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says a former Wake Forest assistant coach-turned-broadcaster did share "a few plays" with a Cardinals assistant before the teams played last month. Jurich said in a statement Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, that Louisville offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received a call from Demon Deacons radio analyst and former assistant Tommy Elrod before the game on Nov. 12. Jurich says Elrod passed along the plays that were then shared with the defensive staff, but "none of the special plays were run during the course of the game." (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich knows how to run a profitable athletic department but when it comes to morals, ethics or having a conscience, he’s as low as it gets. (AP photo)

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Bobby Petrino, whose actions, words and occasionally erratic motorcycle driving had led me to believe for years that he was the most contemptible individual in college athletics, and possibly the world.

Petrino has dropped to second in the official Rankings of the Soulless. He now ranks behind the last person who hired him.

Just when it seemed the”Wakey Leaks” story of leaked Wake Forest football game plans couldn’t possibly get more bizarre, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich released a statement of admission Wednesday. Kinda, sorta. He admitted the Louisville coaching staff received swiped plays from a since-fired Wake Forest radio announcer and former assistant coach, but he didn’t apologize for the cheating — and actually was upset that everybody is making a big deal about the story.

It’s difficult to tell if Jurich is that delusional or simply lying. Either way, he’s a spineless worm.

Here’s his statement:

statement

So let’s break this down:

• Louisville admits offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received “a few plays” from former Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod, who allegedly had been doing this for three years. This follows denials by the school and Petrino that such information was ever received before the teams played last month. But, hey, maybe Petrino had no idea his offensive coordinator had been tipped off on plans, right? I mean, right? You’re not going to question a high-character guy like Petrino, are you? Wait, never mind.

•  Jurich claims the plays were no big deal because they weren’t run in the game and “our defense regularly prepares for similar formations” every week. If I could be granted one wish tonight, it would be that Jurich makes that statement to Judge Judy, who then slaps him.

• Louisville’s defensive coordinator is Todd Grantham, formerly of Georgia. So it’s logical to assume the school’s head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator — and probably the entire coaching staff — knew they effectively were receiving stolen merchandise, as confirmed by the athletic director. But none of the aforementioned had a conscience or enough moral fiber to come forward and tell Wake Forest, “Just so you know, we got this.” In fact, Petrino was indignant when the topic came up after the game.

• And finally, there’s this from Jurich: “I’m disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”

I don’t even know what to do with that.

To think, I thought the biggest news to come out of all this was revelation that there was a black market for Wake Forest game plans.

Louisville ranks among the wealthiest athletic departments in the nation, generating more than $104 million in revenue (22nd highest in the nation). So nobody should be surprised by Jurich’s arrogance.

We also shouldn’t assume Jurich cares about what anybody thinks of him or his absence of morals because he not only hired Petrino, he did nothing to basketball coach Rick Pitino in the wake of findings that one of his assistants hired prostitutes multiple times for players.

But to not even concede, “OK, maybe we shouldn’t have done this”?

Meanwhile, the Louisville administration sits back and does nothing.

The ACC sits back and does nothing.

The NCAA sits back and does nothing.

To what extent any punishment should be administered, I’m not sure. But it would be nice if somebody stepped forward and admitted a serious error in judgment was made.

Then again, that would require having a conscience. And a backbone.

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Cardfans
Cardfans

Hey Jeff,

Now I'll be watching for your article praising Jurich and Petrino for suspending OC Galloway for the bowl game. Now tackle Wake:

Williamncaudill‏ @wncaudill

Clawson said managers found UL's defensive game plan and flipped thru it. They didn't turn it over to UL. Where is the OUTRAGE ESPN?

8:10 PM · Dec 16, 2016

Cardfans
Cardfans

Who wouldn't want to work for a boss who has your back when self-righteous media hacks like Jeff Shultz start pontificating about morality. Especially when all the facts aren't in and the story isn't over. Petrino says he didn't know. If that is true - should he lie and say he did know? Why would he do that? No matter what he has done previously he has been a model coach since returning to Louisville. This whole media hype from people who would have done the same thing is just poor journalism. This was nothing criminal. There were no NCAA violations. Nothing was even stolen here. It was given from a friend to a friend. (Certainly Wake has a problem trusting someone who would do this.) To make this about Louisville is absurd. Ask people in coaching if someone presented them with information on an upcoming opponent if they would ignore it or turn in a friend over it. I seriously doubt they would do anything different.

The reason you don't hear a lot of coaches speaking out on this is because they have done or would do the same thing.

Finally, Shultz questions sending your son to play for Petrino. Only if you want him to develop into the best player he can be. See Lamar Jackson.

MercerBear74
MercerBear74

The part of this that is really disturbing is the fact that no one from any of the schools who supposedly received the information came forward at the time to report this, nor contact the people at Wake Forest and tell them. Who is worst? The guy who offered it or the guy who accepted it? Both are culpable and guilty!

RangeRover
RangeRover

Jeff,

So this makes him worse than the adulterating, abandoning, and shameless Petrino and the "biggest pig" in the academic world?  Seriously?

I know the news media likes puffing to gain link clicks but this actually make you look pretty silly.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

NCAA is one of the corrupt and hypocritical organizations out there. (Next to FIFA) They are quick to punish a player but for their coaches and administrators, not so much.  

TideDawg
TideDawg

Emphasis on winning!!!! That's what it's all about. Can you blame them when every fan wants a winner. I doubt if there's a blogger on this site that doesn't want their team to win, go to a bowl, beat their rival, etc.  Everybody is pure of heart in their own mind and think their team is of the same heart. Not so! Some cross the line and all of them look for the gray areas in compliance rules. Neither is the NCAA pure of heart. They want the big money games and only the big name teams provide that so there is a certain amount of "look the other way" in everybody that has an agenda......at least until a violation is brought into the open. What do you do on your tax return every year? You look for loopholes, gray areas, anyway to save money. A violation is brought out..... Then and only then is it considered an "Outrage" and someone must pay the penalty. I worked in the accounting dept. of a medium size company for a few years, and every year it was, hide those profits this year, cover up that discrepancy until later, do your tricks and manipulations to show what we want to show. All dictated by our parent company, all legal gray areas. Not illegal but bordering on it. Universities do the same thing with the NCAA rules, all bordering on being in violation, but not quite......until some assistant or HC,  trying to improve his status, crosses the line and gets caught forcing the NCAA to act. So it goes with Petrino(as an ex.) Everywhere he's been has been left with a string of violations and misdeeds.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@TideDawg @TOJacket If you approve of deflating footballs then you wouldn't be Tech material....and no I did not go to Tech. But boy do I love the Old gold and white!!

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket @TideDawg Even if you're not a Tech grad, you should know that footballs deflate without any help in cold weather. And no doubt being of superior intelligence you've noticed that Brady doesn't need deflated footballs to win games. Maybe you need to let some of the air out of your Tech Fan ego.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@TideDawg @TOJacket I think we found out that the Patriots win without the cheater....shouldn't be considered for MVP. And if you want to be naive ...go for it, suspended 4 games, if you do anything to gain an advantage that is cheating.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket @TideDawg Wow Saint TO! I guess you arrived at your lofty status in this world wearing your halo. Keep painting TO. There's no way out once you get in that corner. We do agree on one point. No MVP for Brady!

Cardfans
Cardfans

Name one NCAA violation attributed to Petrino. There are none. You may not like him personally but he runs a clean program.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

I think the ultimate pig is Tommy Elrod , he was the butt hurt individual peddling the information. I wonder how many other disgruntled ex-assistant coaches take part in the same kind of behavior. How about if an assistant coach is hired by another member school of a conference for example Ga.Tech hires a position coach from another ACC school ,is it dirty pool if he passes on inside information from his old school(plays, audible calls , or any other useful information). 

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Buschleaguer  Hiring people from former schools happens all the time - but Elrod was sending people the game plan for the upcoming game - it's just a little bit different

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@PaulinNH @Buschleaguer How does Elrod have access to a game plan? if he does, than something really stinks at Wake Forest.I am not condoning what Elrod did or did not do. I think that this story by Schultz , is just his taking another shot at Petrino ( a deserving target of scorn) and his boss Jurich. If the weasel Petrino needs inside info to beat Wake, well it states the obvious about Bobby.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@TOJacket TO a hypothetical for you, a DawgNation reporter (Chip or Seth)gets fired for whatever reason the week of Good ol fashioned hate. And by some twist of fate he has access to the Top Secret Dog's game plan. He passes on the info to a Tech assistant who passes it up the chain of command at Tech. Sound far fetched , about as far fetched that Elrod passed on any info that determined the outcome of the Wake /Louisville game. Elrod is an idiot for bragging about his part in this scandal, and Petrino and Louisville are just as stupid for not exposing Elrod before the game.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

The next ACC Coaches meeting is going to be interesting.

BamaInAtlanta
BamaInAtlanta

Jurich is just following the Hillary Clinton strategy....(1) Deny ("we never got this information"), (2) Blame ("it's not our fault, someone else gave it to us", (3) Deflect ("What difference, at this point, does it matter?!?")

MoreyP
MoreyP

which program is dirtier: louisviille, ole miss, baylor?

R Tooty
R Tooty

Definitely not a role model.  Goes to show you some coaches will sell their soul to the devil for a WIN. It is sad to see sports getting to this low mend

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@R Tooty  Nobody would confuse Petrino for a role model at any place he has ever been, including his home address!

Alphare
Alphare

Hi, the stolen properties have no value, useless too. I think the judge should prosecute the owner for wasting my time on them.

geenosr
geenosr

Petrino is a sorry excuse for a human, and yes, his boss is a jackwagon also. The clown at Western Kentucky isn't far down that list either, because he gave P a job before Louisville came calling. I also can't understand why parents of college football players would actually send their children to him.....A leader of young men? I know my son would never play for him. He does know football, but to be a leader of any age takes moral fiber and the responsibility to present yourself as a good example for them to follow. What a jerk. He lied to Arthur Blank, He lied to the Athletic Director at Arkansas, and if you look back, he tried to steal the Auburn job from Tuberville and lied about that too. My guess is that he'll lie again. I can't ever root for him to win, even if his players are good people. Parents, look elsewhere for your sons to play football, because they will learn how to be cheaters and liars from this fool.


Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

A word to parents; if your son has an official recruiting trip remaining, just say NO to Louisville.  Take the trip to Wake Forest instead.

GT71
GT71

I don't like Petrino, but this is a tempest in a teacup.  But good fodder for folks like Schultz.  These AJC journos relish this stuff as it allows them to pontificate on the weaknesses of others...sitting in their glass houses, hurling stones.  It gives the AJC just that much more fodder to surround their ads, videos, pics.


Lewisman
Lewisman

@GT71 Right, it means nothing that an opposing team accepts plays. Moral integrity is not lost here at all. You must be from the tea flake generation, or is that the snowflake generation?

TideDawg
TideDawg

All of the hype on the Falcons being #2 seed, winning a playoff game, possibly going to the Super Bowl. Amazing! They've won 8 games. That's what they won last year and all of a sudden they are a Super team. Didn't hear that last year. They're better....without a doubt, but until they win #9 & #10 they're still possibly an 8 & 8 team. Sportswriters here in Atlanta quickly try to pump up a fan base with their probabilities and then they love to tear them down with negativity after a team fails. If there was a Super Bowl for sportswriters over hyping a fan base, Atlanta's writers would rank 1- 4.