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Wednesday’s football: Louisville confirms Wake Forest plays were shared

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Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich confirmed a former Wake Forest assistant-turned-broadcaster shared “a few plays” with a Cardinals assistant before the teams played last month in Kentucky.

In a statement Wednesday, Jurich said Louisville offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received a call from Wake Forest radio analyst and former assistant Tommy Elrod before the Nov. 12 game.

Galloway and Elrod were assistants to Jim Grobe at Wake Forest from 2011-12.

Jurich said Elrod passed along the plays that were then shared with the defensive staff, but “none of the special plays were run during the course of the game.”

The Louisville athletic director said after looking “further into the matter” he learned of the phone call between Elrod and Galloway — who have known each other since 2007 — which came during the week leading up to the game.

“Any other information that may have been discussed was nothing that our staff had not already seen while studying Wake Forest in their preparations for the game and the material was not given any further attention,” Jurich said. “I’m disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”

The statement came a day after Wake Forest disclosed the findings of its nearly month­long internal investigation into potential leaks when documents related to the team’s game plan were found at Louisville’s stadium.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has said he had no knowledge of the situation, and team spokesman Rocco Gasparro said in a statement after the Louisville investigation was completed Petrino had no comment “in what appears to be a Wake Forest issue.”

Elrod was fired from his job as an analyst on the Demon Deacons IMG radio broadcasts and banned from the school’s athletic facilities.

Elrod’s attorney, James Quander — a defensive end at Wake Forest from 1991-94 — declined comment Wednesday.

Minnesota suspensions

Ten Minnesota football players were suspended this week following a fresh investigation into an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus apartment in September.

The same incident led to three-game suspensions of four of the players this season, and now they are benched along with six teammates.

Ray Buford Jr., KiAnte Hardin, Dior Johnson and Tamarion Johnson were suspended for three games earlier this season when their names came up in the police investigation.

They have been suspended again, along with Antonio Shenault, Antoine Winfield Jr., Carlton Djam, Kobe McCrary, Seth Green and Mark Williams.

In an email to boosters sent Wednesday, university president Eric Kaler said the players will not participate in the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl against Washington State in San Diego, citing a decision made by coach Tracy Claeys in consultation with athletic director Mark Coyle.

Extra points

Western Kentucky hired former Notre Dame offensive coordinator Mike Sanford as football coach. Sanford replaces Jeff Brohm, who left last week to take over at Purdue.

... LSU hired Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Matt Canada for the same position.