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CRAWFORD | Hot-take trustee? Bevin appointee to U of L board takes no Twitter prisoners

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Doug Cobb has a long history in Louisville, as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, chairman of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce and founding president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.

Now, after Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced 10 appointments for a newly constituted University of Louisville board of trustees Tuesday morning, Cobb finds himself on the U of L board. Which is where things get interesting.

Cobb, an unabashed conservative evangelical Christian, wears his beliefs on his sleeve on Twitter. There's nothing wrong with that; it’s what Twitter is for. But some of his past comments could pose some interesting challenges where his new role as a trustee is concerned.

As a sportswriter, I’m used to the Twitter rant. Any sports fan will tell you, in the heat of competition, anything can come out, and often does. I want to say this from the outset: Nobody's entire worldview can be summed up in 140 characters, nor in a string of 140-character utterances.

But Cobb’s “hot takes” have ranged far beyond sports, and likely could be the matter of some debate in the coming days. (They've already netted him about 120 new Twitter followers in the hours since this morning's announcement.)

In a conversation with WDRB's Chris Otts, Cobb says he stands behind his Tweets, but adds that just because he has called for accountability from basketball coach Rick Pitino, for instance, doesn't mean he would pursue Pitino's removal now that he's on the board, saying, "I've got no agenda." Read Cobb's comments to Chris Otts here.

Moreover, Cobb took to Twitter itself today to calm the fears of U of L fans at some of his more heated pronouncements.

Of course, while sports get most of the attention (and talk-radio time), he may have some questions to address to other groups, too. A Twitter sampling from the new trustee:

1. NO FAN OF THE BAN

After U of L self-imposed a postseason ban on Feb. 5 in reaction to NCAA violations discovered as a result of allegations made against the program by former Louisville escort Katina Powell, Cobb went scorched-earth, calling not just for the resignations of president Jim Ramsey and basketball coach Rick Pitino, but for the resignation of athletic director Tom Jurich, too:

2. ALSO, NO FAN OF PITINO

It's safe to say that as a fan, Cobb has had about enough of Pitino.

3. FOOTBALL ALSO CAUGHT HIS WRATH

He took issue with Bobby Petrino, Louisville football head coach and play caller, during the first half of last season's eventual win over Kentucky.

Nor did he spare players, from time to time -- though it should be noted, he probably wasn't the only one ready to toss a few guys overboard when U of L fell behind early.

4. JEFF WALZ? YEAH, HIM TOO

After the Cardinals bowed out of the NCAA Tournament this past season, Cobb Tweeted of the U of L women's basketball coach, who has twice been to the NCAA championship game:

5. DON'T FEEL LEFT OUT, DAN MCDONNELL

Cobb isn't alone in feeling the frustration of the way the last two baseball seasons ended, but he gives McDonnell less of a pass than most:

And he minced no words after the abrupt end to this past baseball season:

Baseball guys, of course, don't take stuff sitting down. You say something to them, they might storm the mound. From baseball player Anthony Kidston:

But sports aren't the only areas where Cobb has weighed in on Twitter, and coaches (and, indeed, the athletic director) probably the aren't the only ones raising some eyebrows after a look at his feed.

6. HEADS UP, SCIENCE FOLKS

Cobb is no fan of global warming.

7. GAY/TRANSGENDER THOUGHTS

Cobb comes from a religious viewpoint when discussing the transgender issue, and questions surrounding gay marriage. Among his Twitter thoughts:

8. BOYS, HE HAS YOUR BACK

This in response to a story about the International Day of the Girl:

Now I want to stop here and say a quick thing. Diversity, though it hasn't always worked this way, is a two-way street. But some of the statements this Trustee has made on Twitter are going to require some bridge-building with some pretty active constituencies at U of L. That isn't always the easiest thing to do in a university setting, once things like these are out there. Perhaps he can rally people around his take on Duke basketball player Grayson Allen, though I can't imagine it will go over very well in the Atlantic Coast Conference office, or at Duke:

9. ON DUKE'S GRAYSON ALLEN

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