Rivalry Week in football officially kicked off yesterday as the game time and early spread were released on Sunday. Things were pretty quiet in the early going, but the hate seems to be ramping up today.
Jen Smith of the Lexington-Herald Leader released this tweet today:
There's a note on U of L media sheet that Louisville players, coaches are not available to Kentucky media this week. Never seen that before.— Jen Smith (@jenheraldleader) November 21, 2016
It’s been a long-running joke that Louisville Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich controls the media in town due to the sycophants that lob softball questions toward him and the coaches in the program.
But when something like this occurs, one truly has to wonder how much of a grip Jurich may have. I’m not sure what the purpose is of freezing out an entire media outlet. And what exactly does this mean, “Kentucky media”?
Is that for the Herald-Leader, or is Jon Hale of the Louisville Courier-Journal banned as well? I can maybe understand them not wanting Matt Jones or someone like myself, but censoring people like John Clay or Larry Vaught seems a bit much.
This comes across as petty from the Louisville front, but this shouldn’t be surprising. One of the dirtiest athletics programs in the country is trying to control the narrative and they are keeping a large portion of fair media out of an important part of the rivalry leading up towards Saturday. It’s an unnecessary shot that makes Louisville look even worse than they are if that’s even possible.
I guess Jurich has had his fill of the NCAA, the IRS, Matt Bevin, and the FBI snooping around his campus in order to dig into the garbage can that he helps run on Floyd Street, so he went ahead and banned a faction of the media that doesn’t have the same power as the entities mentioned above. Seems like he’s been itching to lower the media boom on somebody.
The comments from Bobby Petrino and Mark Stoops in their press conferences today will definitely be something to keep an eye on.
Man, I love rivalry week.