Another day another scandal here at the University of Louisville. Luckily this one is not a university problem. The WakeyLeaks scandal (if you can even call it that) is a Wake Forest problem. It is not UofL’s job to inform the team when one of its radio broadcasters is handing out offensive game plans to the opposing teams. Is there integrity involved? Yes. And should Lonnie Galloway have gone straight to Bobby Petrino and told him what just happened? Sure. But that still doesn’t mean it’s UofL’s problem nor should this even be a talking point for UofL.
Virginia Tech has come out and also stated that the same man, Tommy Elrod, gave them plays back in 2014, and Army said it received plays twice from Elrod in 2014 and 2016. No proof has come forward to show that any of the teams used the plays to their advantage. Judging by the first three-quarters of the UofL vs Wake Forest game I would’ve guessed Wake Forest had UofL’s playbook by the way it locked down Lamar Jackson and company.
UofL’s response to the allegations was strong and swift, and sent a message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated on this team, which is good. Though it’s not a problem. The fact of the matter is that Galloway did accept plays knowing good and well what could happen if he got caught. The suspension of Galloway for the Citrus Bowl is the correct punishment, focusing on the individuals’ actions rather than making an entire team suffer.
Take notes UofL Basketball. The $25,000 fine, which is the maximum fine under ACC bylaws, seems a bit lofty especially without proof of the plays being used and the fact that the plays were more handed over than requested. That being said, UofL will just accept the fine because big school, big money, and go about preparing for LSU in the Citrus Bowl.
All in all I believe this situation was handled well by all parties and the punishments are to the correct degree. This is one of those instances that this may be a story now but until more information is found or another angle comes into play, this should all be over and forgotten in a months’ time. It also helps that this is happening at the same time as the Joe Mixon tape (the tape is extremely graphic, viewer discretion advised) being released. I’m guessing that tape will continue to get a much larger uproar.