U of L Names Vince Tyra Acting Athletic Director
The University of Louisville has appointed an acting athletic director.
Louisville businessman Vince Tyra, a member of the U of L Foundation board and the son of the late U of L basketball star Charlie Tyra, will take over the duties of Tom Jurich.
Tyra said Tuesday that he would resign from the U of L Foundation board.
Jurich was suspended with pay last week after it was revealed that the U of L men’s basketball program is included in a federal complaint alleging that high school recruits were given bribes to attend schools sponsored by the Adidas apparel company.
Tyra, 51, is a partner in the private equity firm Southfield Capital and has ties to several other businesses. He’s also a part-owner of Louisville’s minor league soccer club.
Tyra’s appointment was announced Tuesday by U of L Interim President Greg Postel.
“Vince Tyra is an exceptional leader who will provide stability to our athletics department,” Postel said in a news release. “His success in business, his athletic background and his close ties to the university and the athletics department will be important to the continuing success of our program.”
Tyra opens for questions. Asked if he plans to take job permanently. Says he doesn't have a time period on mind for the spot.— Kyeland Jackson (@KyelandJ) October 3, 2017
Tyra explains decision for him to stay is not up to him.— Kyeland Jackson (@KyelandJ) October 3, 2017
When asked for comment on the $160 million sponsorship deal between U of L and Adidas, Tyra said he hadn't reviewed it. He said it was "valuable in many ways" and that an Adidas spokesperson had reached out to him for a meeting.
As reported by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting earlier Tuesday, the deal could be in jeopardy.
U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino remains on unpaid leave in the wake of the federal probe, and Postel has been given the go-ahead by the university's athletic board to begin the process of firing him.
Assistant Coach David Padgett was appointed interim head coach last week.
This post has been updated.