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Allegations withdrawn against fired Louisville co-defensive coordinator Cort Dennison

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Dennison has been on leave since October.

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Cort Dennison, the Louisville co-defensive coordinator who took a personal leave of absence from the program in late October, has been fired. The moves comes despite the dismissal of the protective order that led to Dennison’s termination.

Dennison’s firing comes on the same day the Courier Journal’s Tim Sullivan reported that former U of L employee Christine Herring had filed an emergency protective order against Dennison. Herring, who was fired in October of 2020 from her role in the athletic department as senior women’s administrator, alleged that Dennison was “an imminent threat” to her and her family. Dennison and Herring had previously been involved in an extramarital affair.

Herring’s emergency protective order was dismissed per agreed order on Nov. 18, and all allegations against Dennison have been withdrawn.

Dennison held a variety of titles during his first stint at U of L, which lasted from 2014 through 2017. He then left to coach the linebackers at Oregon in 2018. Following the firing of Bobby Petrino and the hiring of Scott Satterfield, Dennison returned to Louisville in 2019 and has been working as the outside linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator since then.

You can read Sullivan’s full report in today’s Courier Journal here.