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New Louisville board member apparently deletes controversial Twitter account

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, right, argues with referee Brian Dorsey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Louisville Ky. Louisville won 71-64.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, right, argues with referee Brian Dorsey during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 in Louisville Ky. Louisville won 71-64. Associated Press

After saying earlier Wednesday that he would not back down or delete his controversial tweets, new University of Louisville board of trustees member Doug Cobb has apparently deleted his entire account.

If you missed it, the Louisville entrepreneur was one of 10 appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to Louisville’s board on Wednesday. A check of Cobb’s Twitter account revealed several tweets calling for both basketball coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich to resign. Cobb also tweeted “choke” after the Louisville baseball team lost to UC Santa Barbara in this year’s Super Regional.

A conservative, Cobb also tweeted that climate change was a hoax, that “if transgender is a thing, why not transrace?” and “’Gay’ and ‘Christan’ incompatible terms of identity.”

Cobb had tweeted earlier Wednesday: “To all my new twitter friends: you don't need to worry about is 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!”

Cobb told Kevin Modelski of Business First in Louisville that he had no plans to change his account.

“I haven’t seen anything (on my timeline) I don’t agree with,” he said.

That apparently changed.

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