UofL ATHLETICS | Tom Jurich Fired from University of Louisville

10/18/2017 04:49 PM

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to terminate Athletic Director Tom Jurich for cause. The vote was 10-3 in favor of termination.

The news comes just days after the UofL Athletic Association voted to terminate the contract of head basketball coach Rick Pitino.

UofL interim president Dr. Greg Postel issued a statement to the media following the vote on Wednesday:

Jurich had been on paid administrative leave since the news broke that Louisville men’s basketball coaches had been involved in funneling money to a high school basketball recruit.

Jurich becomes the third person terminated from Louisville, joining Pitino and assistant coach Jordan Fair. Another assistant coach, Kenny Johnson, remains on administrative leave.

Jurich’s attorneys released a statement reacting to the vote:

“We are disheartened by the actions taken by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees this afternoon against Athletic Director Tom Jurich. We believe that their vote to terminate his contract was done in haste with inaccurate information that should have had no bearing on continuing his employment. Tom Jurich maintained a professional athletic department that was the envy of universities across the country. He has done nothing illegal, nor violated any NCAA rules. Tom has been a great steward for the University of Louisville Athletics brand.

Tom Jurich has always placed the care and well being of the student athletes first. Tom continually demanded that his coaches follow the rules of the NCAA and the institution never once waivered in support of those who did. The Jurich family would like to thank the senior staff, coaching and department staff, student athletes, colleagues at UofL, donors, fans and everyone who live and reside in the city of Louisville for the opportunities and support they’ve provided throughout the years.

With that said, Tom has instructed us to vigorously defend his rights and reputation under his long-standing contract with the University of Louisville.”

In 20 years as the U of L Athletics Director, Jurich facilitated undeniable change to the Louisville campus and to their athletic teams. During his tenure, the school switched conferences on multiple occasions before becoming the 15th member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A couple weeks ago, Spectrum News’ Andrew Chernoff asked UofL baseball head coach Dan McDonnell what Tom Jurich’s legacy would be if Jurich was not returning as athletic director:

Also on Wednesday, UofL interim president Dr. Greg Postel commented on the future of Louisville athletics:

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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