The aftermath of the FBI’s investigation into several college basketball programs has been bad enough for the University of Louisville. Now, it has led to a little mudslinging between sidelined athletic director Tom Jurich and interim school president Greg Postel.
According to the Courier-Journal’s Andrew Wolfson, Jurich’s lawyer is pushing back against allegations that a recent contract extension with global apparel company adidas was done without sufficient discussions with both Postel and Louisville’s athletics board. The extension, which continues the company’s relationship with the university through 2028, is worth $160 million.
While Postel’s grievance was that he was not in the loop of any consultations regarding the extension, Jurich’s lawyer, Alison Stemler, stated in a letter to Postel obtained by the Courier-Journal that such allegations were “simply not true”.
Attorney Alison Stemler said Jurich worked on the Adidas contract extension with several university officials, including two attorneys and Postel’s chief of staff, who in different combinations assisted him in 11 meetings.
And Stemler said Jurich “had no knowledge of, and would not have tolerated, the alleged criminal conduct.”
Later in the letter, Stemler would accuse Postel of a “lack of respect” for Jurich “and his hard work for the University over all these years”.
Jurich was hired as Louisville’s athletic director in 1997. He was put on paid administrative leave last week after the FBI found that five-star recruit Brian Bowen was paid $100,000 by several individuals, including an adidas executive, to commit to the program. Rick Pitino was terminated as coach in the wake of the findings.