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Sports Illustrated blasts Bobby Petrino & Louisville for their part in WakeyLeaks

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

(Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

By now, you’ve heard the bizarre twist in the Wakey Leaks scandal. It turns out that former Wake Forest player, assistant coach, and radio analyst Tommy Elrod shared confidential game plans with Wake’s opponents for over two years. The investigation began when a copy of Wake’s game plan was found at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, meaning Louisville was one of those programs that participated in the scandal because of course they were.

While most people are still focused on the absurdity of a former player, assistant coach, and radio analyst turning on his program, Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg takes Petrino and Louisville to task for their involvement, which he says is the latest in a long line of improprieties:

Louisville spokesperson Rocco Gasparro told the Courier-Journal that Petrino “doesn’t have a comment (on) what appears to be a Wake Forest issue.” Rocco, please: a Wake Forest issue? What?

When Petrino hired his mistress at Arkansas over more qualified candidates, then crashed his motorcycle with her on board and lied about it to his bosses, was that a Harley-Davidson issue?

Petrino apparently cheated to win a game. And it was probably easy to do. When Elrod coached at Wake Forest, he was co-coordinator of the passing game. His other co-coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, now works on Petrino’s staff. That sound you hear should be Galloway calling his lawyer.

Shannon Sharpe went as far to say that Petrino should be fired:

Of course, that’s not gonna happen. In fact, Petrino will probably get a raise.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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57 Comments for Sports Illustrated blasts Bobby Petrino & Louisville for their part in WakeyLeaks

  1. ukjaybrat
    11:16 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    “You must punish the schools that received the information.”

    totally agree. louisville fans are all over here saying what’s wrong with using the game plan that was given to them? bobby didn’t do anything wrong!

    yeah well, he could have done the moral thing and told Wake Forest they have a leak. instead they took the information, “cheated”, and then didn’t say a word, probably hoping they could repeat the process next year.

    • J-Dub421
      2:06 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      But Bobby changed! Ha caddied for his daughter!

    • J-Dub421
      2:07 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink


  2. RackEmWillie
    11:21 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    You know what every coach would say when asked if they would take this information? No.

    You know what every coach would do if given this information? Use it.

    I would. Bobby would. Stoops would. Every coach in America would use it. Now, some of them might tell the opposing coach after the game, but everyone is using that information. These guys every week are potentially coaching for their jobs (some have less or more pressure on a weekly basis) so I won’t think less of them in any capacity.

    That’s just the nature of coaching now.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:26 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      And 99 out of 100 people would take a giant bag of money home even if it had the person’s name and address on it. that doesn’t make it the right thing to do

    • Booby Petrino
      11:45 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      If they’re busted, they should be punished, regardless of your incorrect opinion that every coach would do it. If a player takes money from someone and is caught, they are punished (unless your Duke) regardless of whether or not other players are doing it.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:46 am December 14, 2016 Permalink


    • satcheluk
      10:25 am December 15, 2016 Permalink

      You have no ethics. Hopefully you are sterile.

  3. Mathlete
    11:25 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    To me, this just proves that Louisville really is Lamar Jackson and a bunch of other nobodies. They had to cheat to beat Wake Forest. Wake. Forest. They’re a resume building win for us because of their record this year (and their eye-popping performance against FSU), but clearly they’re mostly flash and lacking substance

  4. ukgrad83
    11:26 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    And the local sports shows (Louisville based) all continue to defend that bastion of impropriety. Plus, this same school that proclaims to have the most profitable athletic department received $2.1 million in student fees in 2015. Why should the students have to pay a cent if you are the most profitable? What a joke..

    • ukjaybrat
      11:29 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      don’t forget about the gas station donations to the athletic department lol

    • Mathlete
      11:31 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      well, the at least one of the local sports shows miiiiiiiight have been on the payroll… We’ll see what the State Auditor’s report says

  5. Catsby80
    11:38 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    I have to agree with RackEmWillie… Would I use the game plan or game notes if they were offered? No. Would I use them if they were given? Yeah probably. As he said, coaches are on such a hot seat nowadays that I couldn’t blame a coach for using information to beat the other team – it is just the nature of the beast.

    And to be honest, I don’t think they needed the game plan to beat Wake Forest. I feel pretty confident that they would’ve won that game regardless of the information they were privy to. You can say that it was a 12-10 game in the fourth quarter, but Louisville also scored 34 unanswered points in the 4th. I mean come on.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:47 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      you don’t blame a coach for cheating? hmmm okay. That’s weird.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:48 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      and if they didn’t need it, why did they take it? Oh bc they’re cheaters. But you’re okay with cheating.

    • Catsby80
      11:59 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

      I didn’t say I was okay with cheating… But I do wonder if this were Mark Stoops in the predicament what the reaction would be by the fanbase. I think there would be a lot of people eating crow.

    • ukjaybrat
      12:05 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      if it were mark stoops, i would not be happy about his decision to cheat and even more upset that he didn’t disclose it to wake forest. However, i would give him a pass “this time” because he doesn’t have a history of being a scumbag or a cheat. bobby does, and that’s why this story is mostly about him and not the “other schools” that were involved in the wakeyleaks scandal.

    • satcheluk
      10:36 am December 15, 2016 Permalink

      You have no ethics. Hopefully you are sterile.

  6. snoopjdawg
    11:42 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Bobby didn’t crash that Harley….he was beaten to a pulp by her boyfriend (so-called ex-boyfriend).

    • RealCatsFan
      12:29 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, I have seen that it is alleged that this is what really happened. It would explain the fact that Bobby had severe road rash and she didn’t have a mark on her. Were any pictures ever presented of the wrecked Harley?

    • snoopjdawg
      6:06 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      I have never seen the wrecked Harley and yes she was unscathed. Arkansas put out the statement about the wreck and there was a so called police report. It was her fiancé actually. He beat Bobby P down to China Town. There was no actual wreck imo.

  7. oruacat2
    11:49 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    This is where hiring a scumbag like Petrino bites you in the arse – you’re no longer automatically granted the benefit of the doubt when these little scandals start to pile up.

  8. BlueGrass
    11:54 am December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Two problems here:

    1) After UL has a great year they end on a sour note by losing two straight they were heavy favorites to win and lose momentum. Then they get momentum back with the Jackson Heisman win, but now instead of the news cycle focusing on that, they are talking about Petrino being a scum bag.

    2) Given his history, it just reinforces the narrative that he’s a scum bag.

    Doesn’t even matter, if it was right or wrong. The rest of the country thinks it was a scum bag move and they will hammer away at them for a couple days. UK and other schools will then use this against Petrino in recruiting as just another example of how you don’t want to play for a man with no integrity. This will matter to most parents.

    So, instead of having a great deal of momentum heading into the off-season following a great year. They lose most of it with losses and this “scandal”, which on some level overshadows their Heisman win.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:33 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      You forgot 1A – the two football players who were shot at the Heisman celebration party near campus Saturday night. They are very fortunate that they are not having a funeral this week.

    • Luether
      3:00 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      But the “scum bag” wins football games…

    • ukjaybrat
      3:39 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      and that’s all that matters to louisville fans. as long as they are winning. hey did you see lamar do the heisman ? did you see him fumble ?

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:16 am December 15, 2016 Permalink

      Here’s something the scum bag hasn’t done: beaten a top 15 team on the road in his career.

      Stoops has.

  9. 3Goggles
    12:16 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    And the yeast kid picked them over us lolololol

  10. secrick
    12:28 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Louisville sports is the worse , how does this keep happening and nothing done about it. They are the scum of college sports.

    • RealCatsFan
      12:31 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      Jurich has the local sports media firmly under his thumb. They quake in fear of him. Pathetic. Jurich’s head would explode if UofL had their own Jerry Tipton to deal with.

    • Luether
      3:01 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      They are far from the worst…

    • ukjaybrat
      3:38 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      Luether, you are correct that there are individual scandals throughout the country that are worse than any one thing UL has done, but the multitude of scandals ul has been involved in over the last 5 years or so far surpasses the one or two misdeeds by every other school in the country. by far. so yes, ul is the worst school and athletic department in the country in that regard. undisputed.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:17 am December 15, 2016 Permalink

      Luether, everyone is laughing at you. 😉

  11. BluKudzu
    12:30 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Petrino and ethics. Two words that seem as diametrically opposed as you can possibly get. No surprises there. He brought in players kicked off other teams for using drugs, beating women, cheating in class, robbery, and so many other crimes. Of course he took the playbook, of course he used it, of course he cheated. The guy has not changed.
    What surprises me is rackemwillie and catsby80 would automatically align all other college football coaches with this scumbag.
    Spin it any manner you want, the scumbag cheated, he continues to run a program that is always taking on water from the fecis pool it floats in.
    How would any parent, anywhere, allow their son to go to this school to play football for that lowlife?
    “Come to play for Louisville, and we will do our best to keep your child from getting gunned down.”?????

    • secrick
      12:44 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      You are so right and well said.

  12. kentuckybob
    12:34 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Sports Illustrated is still alive?

  13. [email protected]
    12:34 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    This surprises who? Petrino hasn’t changed he just understands he’s an asshole that is not very well liked. I’m still waiting for proof that he’s a great football coach. I’ll settle for anything that would support Petrino being even a good coach. He still conns UL fans into thinking he’s an offensive guru but I suspect there are many coach’s who would be considered offensive guru’s if they played the schedule UL plays. I truly believe Petrino and UL fans are a perfect match.

    • kentuckybob
      12:35 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      He actually does run a good offense look at his PPG…stop

    • ukjaybrat
      12:46 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      to be fair, that ppg could be explained by their sos every year being in the 100s. yes they finally play in the ACC, but they play dogshit teams every year. clemson and fsu are the only good teams they play. the rest of that conference might as well be the big east or aac or conference usa

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:47 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      ^^ in a basketball conference…

  14. secrick
    12:48 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Thanks Louisville sports for making the winter months so fun , i hope Rick and this Prick keeps coaching there for years to come.You can’t make this shi**** up.

  15. cathatter
    1:24 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Realty is – game plans and game plays are a dime a dozen. Now if you’ve got the inside scoop on signals – BINGO!

  16. UK Big Board Update
    1:30 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    “I’m at a point now where I am starting to believe that UofL is being intentionally targeted for reasons unbeknownst to me. First the basketball program, now the football program.” – actual quote from actual UL fan.

    • ukjaybrat
      1:37 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      university of delusion

  17. Mathlete
    1:45 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    The fact that his hat in the picture is a giant, hideous L stamped on his forehead is just so, so appropriate

  18. ClutchCargo
    1:46 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe I’m missing something, but I have only read that the game plan info was found in Papa Johns stadium. Do we know for sure it was given to U of L coaches and they used it? Petrino is no doubt a scumbag, but it just seems like a lot of people are taking the “Cal is a cheater because he is” route with this

    • ukjaybrat
      1:54 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      difference. cal was not connected to anything. and denies that any cheating occurred. people think he cheated and refuse to look at facts that absolve him

      people flat out say petrino cheated and he “has no comment”
      if someone blamed me for cheating and i was innocent, i would be the first one in front of a camera saying it’s a lie. silence can be damning when you are guilty. maybe not in the eyes of the law, but in the eyes of common sense, well, you get the point.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:10 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      I get all of that, and the Cal comment was probably not the best example I could have used. But I need to see something besides circumstantial evidence before jumping to too many conclusions. I have no doubt that their legal counsel advised him to not comment if asked about. Having said that, I’m loving all the negative media attention. Jurich and his boys have done plenty of other stuff to deserve it.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:46 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      ^ Yeah, I would say that’s pretty convincing. And definitely a lot better than the SI jackass whose sources for his story are his other unsourced stories.

  19. UKsuperdave
    2:32 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Bill Belichick would have used it.

  20. KYcats11
    3:32 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Listen, I honestly think that stoops would not have taken the information. I think he’s smart, and humble enough to say no. But Bobby is the opposite as we all know. BUT don’t think the radio show host is stupid enough to do all this for free. Louisville had to have paid him money in my opinion. I hope Bobby is not fired, which in all likely hood he won’t be, because I love seeing the look of a defeated Bobby petrino more than anything. SUCK IT BOBBY. UK 41-UL 38.

    • ukjaybrat
      3:41 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

      i’m glad you can say that with a straight face, because i honestly do not. a lot of people have morals out in the open. but when you think there’s no chance in hell you’re going to get caught, all but the saintliest of people would jump at an opportunity like that to get ahead in life. that being said, reference what i said in 5.iv

  21. BluKudzu
    4:11 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    Tom Jurich’s statement today, is counter to what Petrino sai# after the WF game when he was asked about the possibility of receiving info on WF.
    Go figure. Still lying, still cheating.

  22. cslang2
    6:29 pm December 14, 2016 Permalink

    I hate Loseville as much as anyone in BBN but I dont know if this is really cheating. An argument could certainly made that it wasn’t ethical but I don’t know of any rule that forbids a team from using inside information about an opponent.

    • satcheluk
      10:39 am December 15, 2016 Permalink

      You have no ethics. Hopefully you are sterile.

    • cslang2
      8:59 am December 16, 2016 Permalink

      Satcheluk = perfect example of ignorance… “I disagree with you but have no actual argument in rebuttal so I’ll just act like a degenerate.”