The University of Louisville will turn to Louisville-based businessman Vince Tyra to serve as their interim athletic director, according to a tweet by ESPN Louisville’s Drew Deener.
Tyra is the former president and CEO of ISCO Industries, a pipe manufacturer based in the city. He has served on Louisville’s finance committee and is the son of Charlie Tyra, the first Cardinals basketball player to be named an All-American. The elder Tyra is the top rebounder in program history and has had his number retired by the university.
Tyra will serve in place of Tom Jurich, who was placed on paid administrative leave last week in the wake of the FBI’s bribery and fraud investigation. Rick Pitino, the men’s basketball coach since 2001, was placed on unpaid leave before being officially terminated on Monday. He has served a breach of contract notice to the school and could eventually file a lawsuit against them.
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