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 Jurichs Louisville Legacy
Tom Jurich began his tenure at Louisville on October 21, 1997. He is credited with completely revamping the University of Louisvilles 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, Jurichs greatest accomplishment was engineering Louisvilles move to the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference.
Jurich is partially responsible for the transformation of Louisvilles 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 womens soccer, as well as an expansion of Ulmer Stadium for softball. In 2013, Jim Patterson stadium underwent a $4 million expansion and Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium has seen several renovations and additions, including the Thorntons Academic Center of Excellence and the Adidas Three Stripe Zone. In 2010, Louisvilles men and womens basketball teams moved into one of the premier facilities in the nation, the KFC Yum! Center.
Jurichs 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 mens and womens basketball (winning the title in mens), win a BCS Bowl game and go to the College World Series.