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UofL President James Ramsey is Not Happy with Matt Jones


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Earlier this week, Matt slid in another newsworthy piece of information on Kentucky Sports Radio.  He reported that President Ramsey met privately with members of the board of trustees to discuss his future, one that includes stepping down as President of the university.  That report was later independently confirmed by Doug Profitt of WHAS-11.

Ramsey’s chief of staff, Kathleen Smith, vehemently denied both reports yesterday, telling WFPL they were “absolutely false.”  That same sentiment was relayed by UofL Foundation board chair, Dr. Robert Hughes.

“Specifically, Dr. Ramsey had no meeting personally with anyone at his home, and had no meeting with anyone about him resigning,” Hughes said in an interview with WFPL.

Now Ramsey is denying the reports, and he’s doing it by calling out KSR’s fearless leader.  After testifying at a Kentucky House budget review subcommittee, Ramsey spoke with reporters.  After answering budget questions, he tried to dodge the question, “Was there a meeting at your house this weekend?”  Here’s what happened according to Chris Williams of WHAS-11.

“Are you Matt Jones?  I never heard of Matt Jones…I don’t know where they got that… that’s kind of problem your industry has right now, lack of integrity.”

Ramsey did admit that he has considered retiring, but, “I’ve got a job to do, I’m going to do it as long as I can.”

There’s a reason why the UofL administration is putting forth their best efforts to deny these reports. Under public meeting laws, if there is a majority of trustees present (10 of the 19 board members) then the meeting must be open to the public.  To hold a secret meeting and to discuss public matters, to be frank, is against the law.

President Ramsey’s future will likely be discussed at the Board of Trustees next meeting, scheduled for March 1.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

39 responses to “UofL President James Ramsey is Not Happy with Matt Jones”

  1. chimichanga

    Gonna miss that combover when he’s gone.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      That’s not just any combover. That’s a classic. It’s the Gene Keady special!

    2. truBLU

      It looks like the bad dude’s dome in Fifth Element

    3. truBLU
  2. jamccain

    “Are you Matt Jones? I never heard of Matt Jones…I don’t know where they got that… that’s kind of problem your industry has right now, lack of integrity.”

    LACK OF INTEGRITY!!!

    This stuff just writes itself.

    1. Duuuuuude

      In one breath he never heard of Matt Jones, then in the next he knows what industry he is in.

    2. jaknfo90

      He is an expert on integrity, or lack thereof, it wouldn’t surprise me if his PhD was in Ethics, that or something to do with criminal behavior considering the sordid characters he must associate with at UL.

  3. cav3

    Yes, the UofL President lecturing someone else on integrity. Wow.

  4. Catsby80

    Integrity? haha these comments are going to get interesting… *sits back and grabs popcorn*

  5. thabeast

    Anyone else think that with a tiny mustache, Ramsey would make a fantastic Hitler?

  6. CrazyCayts

    “Lack of Integrity”?? YOU HAD STRIPPER PARTIES IN YOUR DORM ROOMS!! Funded by YOUR staff!!

    Swear you cant make this stuff up.

  7. dean winchester

    The man who ok’ed the hiring of Bobby Petrino…..twice….who now presides over a basketball program embroiled in the KPowell scandal, wants to question someone elses integrity?? Mmmmk

  8. papasnapper

    Doubt that Matt will lose much sleep over what Ramsey has to say, or thinks, about him.

  9. kygolfkat51

    Personnel matters do not have to be discussed in an open meeting.

    1. VinDatuk

      Regardless to what is being discussed, if a majority is convened, it needs to be open to the public. If there are 10 of 19 informally getting together to discuss, I don’t know, the going rate of lap dances then it isn’t open. If the meeting was a planned event it they can be discussing cockroach races and it needs to be public.

    2. ClutchCargo

      kygolfkat51 is right. Personnel matters are normally done in executive session in all governmental board meetings. Regardless, the important takeaway here is Ramsey is in deep doo-doo and he is pissed that Matt is still talking about it. Also, I am hoping for a strong right to left wind during Ramsey’s next outdoors interview with reporters.

  10. BobKYCats

    Hope this doesn’t devalue any UofL degrees.

  11. J-Dub421

    Lol, Ramsey has the nerve to say someone else lacks integrity. This from the man who hired Pitino and kept him through one sex scandal, hired Petrino a second time, and whose university is currently under two separate FBI investigations for embezzlement and misappropriation of funds by three different high ranking university employees.

    1. Bluebloodtoo

      This one…. AND is mad because someone leaked details about his “secret” illegal meeting.

    2. chimichanga

      Of course he’s mad! No one at U of L has ever been held accountable before. Well, except for players who did absolutely nothing wrong.

  12. nybrasky

    Definitely not a “no” or any type of denial. He should be mad at his people for leaking, not Jones for relaying.

  13. UKALLDAY1

    That’s one UGLY dude right there.

  14. secrick

    Dam that Jones is good, even got the guy lying now saying he doesn’t know who Matt Jones is, i know he watched Duke play North Carolina last night and seen Matt Jones go down. What a liar.

  15. UKBlue1982

    The flock is that thing on top of his head? Time for the shaved dome. Will go good with your orange jumpsuit.

  16. UK1983

    out of 200 PUBLIC colleges and universities in the UNITED STATES – this turd is the 26th highest paid. To run UL. – and mostly worry about sports ( in his sombrero).

    http://insiderlouisville.com/metro/education-community/report-u-of-ls-ramsey-26th-highest-paid-president-in-u-s/

    that is insanity.

  17. UK1983
  18. 2thepoint

    Yes, they can hold a secret meeting regarding personnel, but it has to be publicly announced there will be a secret meeting prior to the meeting and reveal what the agenda will be. They aren’t allowed to include any other topics in the meeting. If they didn’t do that they broke the law!

    1. Booby Petrino

      if they announce that there will be a secret meeting, how is it a secret meeting 🙂

  19. Booby Petrino

    Are you Matt Jones? No, I’m Matt Bones.

  20. HackRichards

    No offense to Matt Jones BUT I sure would hate to think of myself as so much of a busy body to have to be “in the know” all the time on every single topic of discussion – especially about Louisville. By the same token I’m glad he is so I don’t have to be.

    1. Booby Petrino

      busy body, or person who gets paid to report sports news?

  21. huck

    Against the law, who does the “law” apply to….. seems to me, mostly wusses and ones unaligned with the predominate party.

    1. HackRichards

      Got some NEWS for you Bubby….it is not NEWS until it actually happens, until it actually happens it is GOSSIP. Yes the meeting may have been news but the decision to resign is GOSSIP until it actually happens. Now what reporter reports an afternoon barbecue with friends as news?

    2. HackRichards

      sorry that reply was to the wrong person

  22. CATandMONKEY

    “…and I would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!”

  23. HackRichards

    Hey Booby -> Got some NEWS for you Bubby….it is not NEWS until it actually happens, until it actually happens it is GOSSIP. Yes the meeting may have been news but the decision to resign is GOSSIP until it actually happens. Now what reporter reports an afternoon barbecue with friends as news?

  24. jim111

    In all the years I’ve followed sports I have never seen anyone that is as obsessed with another school as Matt Jones is. He spends more time talking about Louisville than he does UK. He even made the comment about the self post season ban by UL as being better than hanging banner #9.

    1. catdaddyd

      That’s because U of L tried to kill his radio/tv shows for several years.

    2. J-Dub421

      Jim the U of L fan spends more time trolling on KSR than he spends at the card chronicle, but he doesn’t understand irony.