Louisville interim President Gregory Postel named former Kentucky baseball player and Louisville businessman Vince Tyra as the school’s interim athletics director on Wednesday.
Previous athletics director Tom Jurich is currently on paid administrative leave as a result of an FBI investigation that revealed basketball coaches from Louisville arranged for at least one recruit to receive $100,000 from equipment sponsor adidas in return for a commitment to the school.
Tyra’s father, Charlie, had a legendary career at Louisville, becoming the basketball team’s first All-American and all-time leading rebounder. Vince Tyra currently owns a minority share in the city’s soccer team.
In the press conference, Tyra emphasized his passion for Louisville athletics, at one point getting emotional as he discussed the athletics department. He said he is a lifelong Louisville fan, and he has also served as the chairman of the University of Louisville Foundation’s finance committee, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. He resigned from that position in order to take over as athletics director.
Tyra took the podium next to this sign, hammering home the message that he is looking to help the school clean up its image after the college basketball scandal.
This sign was just put up at the press conference. "2017-2018 Goal" pic.twitter.com/oT2A62xtzR
— Dan Koob (@DanKoob_WLKY) October 3, 2017
Tyra did not answer how long he will serve as interim athletics director. Jurich’s fate will reportedly be decide by the Board of Trustees later this month.
Vince Tyra: "There's a group outside me" that will decide how long he serves in interim AD role.
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) October 3, 2017
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