In what could go down as the biggest mistake in the history of the University of Lohisville, Athletic Director Tom Jurich has been fired with “cause.”
Reports began to leak last night that the board had decided to fire Jurich. Fans immediately took to social media to express their opinions on the decision.
Jurich has been on paid administrative leave since September 28th.
Tom Jurich’s Louisville Legacy
Tom Jurich began his tenure at Louisville on October 21, 1997. He is credited with completely revamping the University of Louisville’s athletic program. Jurich has led the program through almost two decades of tremendous athletic success, leaving his mark on Louisville athletics, as well as the City of Louisville. He was named Vice President of the University of Louisville in 2003, a position he has held with great honor.
Perhaps, Jurich’s greatest accomplishment was engineering Louisville’s move to the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jurich is partially responsible for the transformation of Louisville’s campus. He has overseen hundreds of millions of dollars in capital improvements, including the completion of Dr. Mark and Cindy Lynn Stadium for men and women’s soccer, as well as an expansion of Ulmer Stadium for softball. In 2013, Jim Patterson stadium underwent a $4 million expansion and Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium has seen several renovations and additions, including the Thornton’s Academic Center of Excellence and the Adidas Three Stripe Zone. In 2010, Louisville’s men and women’s basketball teams moved into one of the premier facilities in the nation, the KFC Yum! Center.
Jurich’s unique ability to identify and cultivate talent led Louisville to the Year of the Cardinal. The university was credited with being the first school to go to the National Championship game in both men’s and women’s basketball (winning the title in men’s), win a BCS Bowl game and go to the College World Series.