Pitino: This board of trustees is not the University of Louisville | 0:39
In an interview with Jay Bilas on ESPN former Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino is asked how he feels he was treated by the University of Louisville
Video courtesy of ESPN
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U of L board fires Tom Jurich: the vote | 4:45
The motion is made to fire Jurich with cause as athletics director at the University of Louisville, then the vote is called for.
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Vince Tyra says this job is ‘personal to me because of Tom’ | 4:43
Vince Tyra addressed reporters after U of L votes to fire Tom Jurich
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Tom Jurich fired: Postel addresses reporters | 3:51
University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel addresses reporters after the committee votes to terminate Tom Jurich
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Rick Pitino fired: U of L interim president Greg Postel with reporters | 9:55
Postel said the athletics board was “very thoughtful” in its consideration of material presented by Rick Pitino’s team.
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What to know about Louisville basketball’s Kenny Johnson | 1:31
Kenny Johnson is one of the two U of L assistant basketball coaches who were initially placed on paid leave following news of the university’s involvement in a college basketball recruiting scandal. But what else do we know about the coach who has been hailed “a five-star recruiter”?
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Steve Pence presented Pitino’s case before the final decision | 4:25
Rick Pitino’s attorney Steve Pence met with reporters shortly after presenting Pitino’s case, assuring the media that Pitino “did not lose control of his program.”
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Rick Pitino at University of Louisville: a timeline | 1:17
Highs and lows of Rick Pitino’s tenure as University of Louisville men’s basketball coach.
Mary Ann Gerth/CJ
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Vince Tyra, U of L’s new interim athletic director | 28:45
Vince Tyra at the press conference announcing him as University of Louisville’s interim athletic director taking over for Tom Jurich.
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Pitino firing process started, Postel says | 6:15
Rick Pitino, U of L’s Hall of Fame basketball coach, will be officially entering the firing process said interim Pres. Dr. Greg Postel said on Monday. Decision have not been made on Louisville’s athletic director, Tom Jurich.
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Faculty protest at UofL Board of Trustees meeting | 1:32
Faculty members brought signs to protest how the U of L search for a president is being carried out. Faculty members oppose the closed search and want more involvement in the process.
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U of L’s Postel speaks on SACS & athletics | 11:45
U of L interim Pres. Dr. Greg Postel speaks about the athletics personnel developments and SACS standards progress with media following a morning session with the U of L Board of Trustees.
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Interim Louisville coach David Padgett talks to the press | 18:20
As promised interim Louisville president Greg Postel named a coach to see the Cardinals through the next six months. The players wanted one of their own, David Padgett, to take the program into the season.
By Michael Clevenger, The C-J
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David Padgett: U of L’s new interim basketball coach | 0:58
In the wake of FBI college basketball allegations, U of L assistant coach David Padgett will be interim basketball coach to replace Rick Pitino.
Mary Ann Gerth/CJ
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Postel won’t confirm if Rick Pitino is ‘Coach-2’ or not | 4:33
University of Louisville interim president Dr. Greg Postel wouldn’t say if RIck Pitino is ‘Coach-2’ referred to in federal documents, but did say university officials believe they know who it is.
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RAW: Rick Pitino arrives at U of L’s Grawemeyer Hall | 0:51
Members of the media swarm around U of L coach Rick Pitino as he enters Grawemeyer Hall.
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Louisville interim president Greg Postel talks about Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich | 11:19
Both Jurich and Pitino have been placed on administrative leave of absence, says Postel during Wednesday’s historic press conference.
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RAW: Tom Jurich leaves U of L’s Grawemeyer Hall | 0:24
University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich acknowledged reporters and photographers as he left Grawemeyer Hall.
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‘A dark day’ for Louisville but ‘better days ahead’ | 1:36
Louisville interim president on Tom Jurich, Rick Pitino’s mandatory administrative leave from the athletic program after the adidas basketball scandal came to light Sept. 26.
Matt Stone, The Courier-Journal
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Short meetings for Tom Jurich, Rick Pitino Wednesday at UofL campus | 2:10
Both Jurich and Pitino arrived and departed without comment after meeting with UofL’s Greg Postel Wednesday in wake of adidas scandal. Both were placed on administrative leave pending final outcome.
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Louisville recruiting scandal: the Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich job situation | 23:50
The CJ’s Jeff Greer and Gentry Estes analyze the day’s events at University of Louisville, including the Rick Pitino ouster and Tom Jurich suspension.
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Rick Pitino: landing recruit Brian Bowen and asst. coach Jordan Fair | 2:32
In an early September press conference, U of L coach Rick Pitino talked about landing recruit Brian Bowen and assistant coach Jordan Fair.
Sam Upshaw Jr./CJ
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Tom Jurich’s career at the University of Louisville | 2:13
Look back at Tom Jurich’s 19 years as the Athletic Director of the University of Louisville through the images from the Courier-Journal.
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Rick Pitino’s career at the University of Louisville | 2:46
Look back at Rick Pitino’s 17 years as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals through the images from the Courier-Journal.
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Who might be the U of L interim basketball coach? | 0:48
Speculating on a possible list of choices to take Rick Pitino’s place as head coach for University of Louisville basketball coach.
Mary Ann Gerth/CJ
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Behind the scenes look at an FBI investigation | 23:59
Former prosecutor Marc Murphy talks with the CJ’s Phillip Bailey about the investigative process as talk centers on the U of L college basketball recruiting investigation.
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Pitino: This board of trustees is not the University of Louisville
U of L board fires Tom Jurich: the vote
Vince Tyra says this job is ‘personal to me because of Tom’
Tom Jurich fired: Postel addresses reporters
Rick Pitino fired: U of L interim president Greg Postel with reporters
What to know about Louisville basketball’s Kenny Johnson
Steve Pence presented Pitino’s case before the final decision
Rick Pitino at University of Louisville: a timeline
Vince Tyra, U of L’s new interim athletic director
Pitino firing process started, Postel says
Faculty protest at UofL Board of Trustees meeting
U of L’s Postel speaks on SACS & athletics
Interim Louisville coach David Padgett talks to the press
David Padgett: U of L’s new interim basketball coach
Postel won’t confirm if Rick Pitino is ‘Coach-2’ or not
RAW: Rick Pitino arrives at U of L’s Grawemeyer Hall
Louisville interim president Greg Postel talks about Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich
RAW: Tom Jurich leaves U of L’s Grawemeyer Hall
‘A dark day’ for Louisville but ‘better days ahead’
Short meetings for Tom Jurich, Rick Pitino Wednesday at UofL campus
Louisville recruiting scandal: the Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich job situation
Rick Pitino: landing recruit Brian Bowen and asst. coach Jordan Fair
Tom Jurich’s career at the University of Louisville
Rick Pitino’s career at the University of Louisville
Who might be the U of L interim basketball coach?
Behind the scenes look at an FBI investigation
Less than three weeks before University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on administrative leave as a first step toward his firing, his bosses scheduled a meeting for the stated purpose of dissolving the school’s athletic association.
Emails obtained by Courier Journal through an open records request include a Sept. 7 exchange between interim President Greg Postel and Trustee Chairman David Grissom in which Postel confirmed a Sept. 11 meeting with Jurich had been scheduled and included two draft documents for Grissom’s review.
“All looks good,” Grissom wrote, “but the key takeaway should be that we do away with ULAA and athletics comes under the exclusive jurisdiction of the UL Board (just as U.K. has done).”
“Agree completely,” Postel replied.
Presumably, ULAA stands for the University of Louisville Athletic Association.
“I knew that (dissolving the board) was probably the goal once Postel got in there,” Jurich said Wednesday. “You could see because he became chair of everything: personnel committee, finance committee, things like that.
“But that’s their prerogative, certainly.”
The University of Kentucky’s Athletics Association, established in 1945, agreed to disband by a unanimous vote in 2012. Supervision of UK athletics subsequently passed to a panel consisting of five members of the school’s board of trustees with input from as many as three additional members serving in a nonvoting “community advisory” capacity.
The board of Louisville’s athletic association was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in 1984, “exclusively for charitable, education and scientific purposes.” Postel serves as chairman of the board, which also includes the university’s faculty representative to the NCAA (Elaine Wise), eight other faculty members, four administrators appointed by the president, two trustees, two full-time students, one staff member and eight at-large members.
“There have been many changes in athletics in recent weeks,” university spokesman John Karman said in a staterment provided to Courier Journal. “As we continue to look to the future and what is best for U of L, reviewing the structure of ULAA and its relationship to the university could be among the considerations. No decisions have been made, however, and none are imminent.”
Larry Benz, who preceded Grissom as the chair of the board of trustees, now serves on the ULAA board. His stated preference is to preserve both bodie .
“Perhaps since that email the sentiments have changed, but I would be personally disappointed if they disbanded ULAA,” Benz said. “Athletic Associations are the norm, not the exception. And by their majority membership of faculty, staff and students serve as an ongoing reminder of why athletic departments exist. . .
“I’m only a recent member of ULAA, but in my time on the board of trustees, I attended many meetings, including their budgeting process, which I found very disciplined, sound and thorough.”
At its last meeting, on Oct. 16, the ULAA board voted to terminate Rick Pitino as the school’s head basketball coach. Jurich’s firing was the result of a 10-3 vote by the board of trustees.
Karman said he was not sure if the idea of dissolving the athletic association’s board still had “traction” following Jurich’s replacement by acting athletic director Vince Tyra, but tensions may have diminished as a result. Jurich’s termination letter cited a “lack of collegiality best characterized as intimidation and bullying that extends from student government to the University’s senior leadership.”
U of L athletics spokesman Kenny Klein said it would be inappropriate for either he or Tyra to comment.
Jurich does not object to the proposed change – “That wouldn’t have been a big deal with me” – but added that he “always saw a great advantage” in ULAA.
“I really did because it was made up of so many faculty, staff and students,” Jurich said. “I thought it was a great reach across the community. You had very successful business people and you brought them together with faculty, staff, administrators. It was a good mix. Obviously, they didn’t (agree), but I think it worked very (well) for many years.”
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