Texas coach Charlie Strong asked to testify in Louisville trustee's divorce case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — An attorney for University of Louisville trustee Jonathan Blue has asked a judge to compel Texas football coach Charlie Strong, the former Louisville coach, to testify in Blue’s divorce case with wife Tracy Blue.

Strong is a “critical witness” to Tracy Blue’s “repeated behavior and activities that are inconsistent with being a role model and responsible caretaker” for the couple’s two teen daughters, according to a motion filed Feb. 19 in Oldham Family Court by Jonathan Blue’s attorney, Ann Oldfather.

Oldfather requests Strong produce his cell phones -- “for the purpose of downloading all text messages” – his phone bills from 2012 to present, and all correspondence exchanged between Strong and Tracy Blue and with anyone else about her.

In addition, Oldfather requests “the Movado watch given” to Strong by Tracy Blue and all clothing and jewelry she gave to him. The motion also requests Strong’s calendars from 2012 to present and all records of his air travel, including tickets and flight confirmations.

Tracy Blue says in an affidavit that her husband moved out of their home in November. The two were married on April 26, 1998.

In a February 15 affidavit, Tracy Blue claims after efforts to settle their dispute failed, her husband had her removed as publisher of The Voice Tribune, a Louisville societal publication owned by Blue Equity, the private equity firm that Jonathan Blue leads.

She also accuses her husband of terminating her use of her credit cards, which denied her the ability to “purchase food for myself and our children.” Her affidavit also asks the judge to issue an order to allow her to continue working at The Voice Tribune.

Jonathan Blue claims his wife was never employed by The Voice Tribune but was instead “merely granted the honorary title of publisher.” 

Jonathan Blue is asking for sole custody of their two daughters.

Tracy Blue on February 26 will ask for a protective order preventing any depositions until the couple completes mediation. Jonathan Blue, according to court records, wants to depose seven witnesses in the next two weeks, including Charlie Strong in Texas.

Jonathan Blue asked the judge to allow him to file evidence under seal “unless it has already become public knowledge” as it would be “detrimental to the children” and “most assuredly affect the public perception and opinion of Tracy Blue.”

Jonathan Blue is a major financial supporter of the Louisville athletics program and a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees and the University of Louisville Foundation Board of Directors.

Update:

According to the Austin American-Statesman, Strong released a statement Sunday:

“I was recently given information regarding a marital dispute between a couple I know in Louisville. I’m not a party to their divorce and have received no court order in this case. I certainly respect the legal system, and if I do receive a court order, I will review it and respond then. Since this is a legal case, it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to say anything further at this time. I do want Longhorn fans and supporters to know that this will not affect my focus in any way. My number one priority is getting this team ready to compete at the highest level. We are doing that now and will continue to do so.”

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