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U of L President James Ramsey angrily denies reports of secret meeting to discuss retirement

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville President James Ramsey is defiantly denying reports of that some U of L trustees are quietly pressuring him to step down.

Ramsey angrily denied reports from Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones about a secret meeting with trustees to discuss his future, including possible retirement. 

"I don't know where you got that story," Ramsey said. "It's a blatant lie. I've never heard of Matt Jones, but I don't know where they got that. That's the kind of problem you all as an industry have right now: lack of integrity."

When asked if that means he did not meet with trustees, Ramsey fired back, "Didn't I just say that? You're not hard of hearing, are you? I just said there was no meeting."

Ramsey has come under fire for recent controversies, including his decision to impose a post-season ban on men's basketball in the wake of the Katina Powell scandal. 

"I've got a job to do," Ramsey said. "I'm going to do the best I can for as long as I'm in the job. I'm going to be focused on students."

Dr. Ricky Jones, a member of the committee advising Ramsey on the NCAA investigation, told WDRB he would have made a different decision regarding the basketball sanctions.

Ramsey's reaction?

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion," he said. 

Ramsey says he will not even consider retirement until after a lawsuit over minority representation on U of L's Board is settled.

"I'm waiting to see what happens and see if our Board is restructured legally," Ramsey said. "It's a big problem. I think it's important to have a board of trustees that's legal."

As for the reason he came to the Capitol on Thursday, Ramsey called the proposed cuts to state funding, "draconian." 

He told a House budget review committee that U of L has been cut every year for 15 years. He said he can't be specific yet as to how U of L will handle the proposed cuts, or how much tuition might increase. 

"We have a process that we go through on campus, but it will be devastating," Ramsey said. "I can't tell you how many people would be laid off, I can't tell you what programs will be eliminated. All I can tell you is that we will not be able to continue to move forward."

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