University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has suspended co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway for his role in accepting information from a Wake Forest radio analyst.
Galloway is suspended immediately and won't be able to be with the team as they prepare for the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl on Dec. 31. He will be allowed back to work after the bowl game.
In his first season at U of L, Galloway has known Elrod since 2007 when the two were on the same staff at Wake Forest. Jurich said Elrod, who was fired by Wake Forest earlier in the week, called Galloway the week of the game and offered the U of L staff insider information on some plays and formations that the Demon Deacons were planning on using.
Jurich announced the news on Friday afternoon via a 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.”
The Cardinals will play LSU on Dec. 31 in the Citrus Bowl.