cn|2 Sports Goes One-on-One With Tom Jurich

06/25/2012 07:55 AM

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich has transformed the Cardinal program over the last fifteen years and he sat down with cn|2 Sports to discuss some of the challenges and success during his tenure. In the interview, Jurich explained the difficulty that came with trying to transition from Hall of Fame basketball coach Denny Crum and rebuilding the football program that was in shambles under Ron Cooper.

In the five-part interview, Jurich explained his decision to stand behind basketball coach Rick Pitino, who he says was unsure about coming to Louisville because of his loyalty to the University of Kentucky program, during the Karen Sypher trial. It was a move that was based in loyalty, which Jurich says is the trademark of his leadership at UofL.

On the football side of things, Jurich outlined the recruitment of current head coach Charlie Strong, who arrived two years ago from the University of Florida, and explained the plan for keeping him at UofL for the long term. Jurich also said that his biggest regret in his fifteen years at UofL is putting Steve Kragthorpe in a difficult position by forcing him to retain some of Bobby Petrino’s assistants. Since firing Kragthorpe, Jurich says the two friends have not spoken.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News or watch it anytime with Spectrum On Demand. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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