Louisville fires AD Tom Jurich amid pay-for-play scandal

Annette Crawford
October 19, 2017

The University of Louisville Board of Trustees has voted 10 to 3 to terminate Athletic Director Tom Jurich. The board voted unanimously Monday to fire coach Rick Pitino. Federal prosecutors in NY alleged on September 26 that multiple UofL coaches were involved in a scheme to bribe two recruits into attending the school, which led to UofL's interim President Greg Postel placing both Jurich and Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino on administrative leave the next day.

Jurich, who was hired in 1997, has been on administrative leave since September 27 while awaiting his fate. Prosecutors allege at least one U of L basketball coach took part in a plan to send $100,000 from university apparel provider Adidas, to a prospective player.

Jurich has been Louisville's athletics director for almost 20 years and has seen the athletics department rise from Conference USA to the Big East to the ACC. A federal complaint accuses coaches of conspiring to try to pay two recruits to pick UofL.


"The extraordinary and unprecedented alleged wrongful behavior was kept from Tom precisely because everyone in the Athletics Department knows that Tom will not tolerate any violation of law or NCAA rules", Jurich attorney Alison Stemler wrote in a September 29 memo. In 2007, Jurich was given the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily Athletic Director of the Year award.

Jurich's attorneys countered in letters to Postel and the trustees that he had in fact negotiated the Adidas contract transparently with UofL leadership, and that Postel was showing a "lack of respect" for his client.

This story will be updated.

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