UofL Athletics Association Board Meeting | Jurich Speaks Out

04/27/2017 12:16 PM

After criticizing UofL Athletics in a Board of Trustees meeting on April 12 and calling leadership “invisible”, John Schnatter “Papa John”, the CEO of the Louisville based pizza company, has resigned his position from the Athletics Association Board as of April 21 according to a UofL spokesperson. Schnatter was appointed to the Board of Trustees by Governor Matt Bevin as part of his BOT overhaul. Schnatter was one of the BOT members appointed to the ULAA board.

Schnatter was replaced by James Rogers, retired chief operating officer of Hilliard Lyons and is also a Bevin-appointed member of the UofL Board of Trustees.

Athletics Director at UofL, Tom Jurich defended the athletic department in the meeting. He spoke briefly with the media following the meeting, but declined to elaborate on many of his comments.

Also discussed in the meeting, approval of $8 million for a T.V. studio as part of the ACC Network deal, budget approvals for a long-term lease to provide the soccer teams with a practice facility at Churchill Park, $9.5 million in privately-donated money for Jim Patterson Stadium, the volleyball team will no longer be playing in the KFC Yum! Center and as a result, renovations for Cardinal Arena totaling $450,000, replacing turf for lacrosse and Trager indoor for $325,000 each and some video board upgrades at Papa John Cardinal Stadium, Patterson and Bass-Rudd tennis center totaling $2 million. Jurich added that the football stadium construction was ahead of schedule.

The athletic department has also agreed to take on Jurich’s $6 million payout over ten years that was initially to be paid by the UofL Foundation, but the attorneys have not finalized the plan.

Watch Jurich’s Athletic Director’s Report to the ULAA Board here:

Interim President Greg Postel and Athletic Director Tom Jurich following the meeting:

TAKE AWAYS FROM THE MEETING

Lyndsey Gough

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