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U of L co-offensive coordinator suspended for Citrus Bowl over Wake Forest scandal

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich announced Friday that co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway has been suspended for the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Galloway, who reportedly got “a few plays” from Wake Forest radio analyst Tommy Elrod, then shared them with the defensive staff, has been a central focus of a scandal involving the Wake Forest football program.

In a statement Friday, Jurich said it's clear the information should not have been received by U of L.

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.

Jurich released an initial statement Wednesday that ramped up the controversy in the story. In it, he said that U of L did receive the information, but those plays were never used in the game. He added that he was "disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”

On Friday, Jurich circled back to say that the "right and ethical thing" would have been for Galloway to not accept the information.

Here is the full statement announcing Galloway's suspension:

“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.”

Officials with Indiana University also announced Friday that they were not involved in the investigation. The Hoosiers have played Wake Forest each of the past two seasons. 

"Consistent with the information provided by Wake Forest, IU's internal review did not uncover evidence establishing that IU obtained confidential or inside information from Wake Forest personnel prior to IU's two games with Wake Forest."

IU said it conducted its own internal investigation, which included interviews with every member of the current coaching staff and reviews of all "pertinent" email accounts.

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