Louisville suspends Lonnie Galloway for connection to Wake Forest scandal
Louisville has suspended co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway, who was implicated in the Wake Forest leaked game plan scandal, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports.
The suspension is effective immediately, and stems from Galloway receiving information from Wake Forest announcer Tommy Elrod.
Athletic director Tom Jurich issued the following statement:
“Two days ago, I announced that our co-offensive coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, received information from Tommy Elrod of Wake Forest concerning information that belonged to Wake Forest. Since then, we have carefully and thoroughly reviewed what took place following the receipt of information from Wake Forest on their investigation. I have also been in regular contact with the Commissioner of the ACC. Coach Petrino has been firm that on the two occasions in which he previously commented on the matter, he did not know about the information provided at that time. It is clear to me that the information should not have been shared by anyone at Wake Forest and it should not have been received by anyone at the University of Louisville. Although no one from Louisville sought the information, once it was provided, we did not do what should have been done. The information should not have been accepted. It should have been rejected and officials at Wake Forest should have been alerted to the inappropriate action taken by Mr. Elrod. As a result, I am suspending Coach Galloway from participation in the Citrus Bowl, effective immediately. We will also accept any actions in which Commissioner John Swofford deems appropriate. This is an unusual situation. When someone receives information they should not be given, it is important that they do the right thing. Even in a competitive atmosphere, the right and ethical thing would have been for us to not accept the information. I regret very much that this took place.”
Elrod was fired this week. Before serving as an announcer, he was a walk-on quarterback in the 90s and was a graduate assistant from 1999 to 2001. He also worked as an assistant for 11 years under coach Jim Grobe.
Louisville will play LSU in the Citrus Bowl on December 31, 2016