Politics & Government

Bevin appointee who criticized Pitino declines U of L board post

Gov. Matt Bevin.
Gov. Matt Bevin. File photo

Doug Cobb, an appointee of Gov. Matt Bevin to the University of Louisville Board of Trustees whose controversial Twitter posts called for the resignation of basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich, told Bevin Tuesday that he is declining his appointment.

Bevin, in turn, appointed Brian A. Cromer, a Louisville attorney with experience in corporate governance and financial transactions, to replace Cobb on the board.

Bevin’s office released Cobb’s letter, in which he said he decided not to accept the board appointment after careful consideration. He did not state why he chose to turn down the appointment but said he was ready to assist the governor wherever needed.

Cobb, a conservative entrepreneur, came under fire after Bevin revamped the U of L board and appointed 10 new members.

Cobb had made several Twitter posts against Pitino and Jurich in regards to a basketball scandal involving prostitutes.

“Why punish the players? If Rick had any character he would bear the responsibility for this by resigning,” Cobb posted on Feb. 5.

He also tweeted “choke” after the Louisville baseball team lost to UC Santa Barbara in this year’s Super Regional.

Cobb also tweeted that climate change was a hoax and that “if transgender is a thing, why not transrace?”

After the Bevin appointment, Cobb tweeted, “To all my new twitter friends: you don’t need to worry about my love for UL and UL Sports. Like any fan, elated by wins and devoted by losses. My sincere apologies for hot-headed tweets following the later!” He later deleted his Twitter account.

Cromer’s appointment is to run until June 29, 2019.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is challenging in court Bevin’s overhaul of the U of L board, claiming he lacked authority to make the changes.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics