The University of Louisville board of trustees did not make any additional changes to the employment status of athletics director Tom Jurich Monday morning, following a two-hour closed session in which the trustees discussed the recruiting bribery scandal that has rocked the UofL basketball program.
After a string of federal indictments announced Monday in which the FBI targeted schemes to bribe college basketball recruits and coaches — including at least two UofL coaches accused of being actively involved in bribing two recruits — interim UofL President Greg Postel placed Jurich on a paid administrative leave and Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave, which the coach’s attorney said was, in effect, his firing.
David Padgett was hired as interim head coach on Friday, while Jurich’s future remains in the hands of the board of trustees.
After two hours behind closed doors, the trustees quickly adjourned without taking any action, with Postel and Grissom declining to give any specifics on Jurich’s employment status, beyond the fact that he remained on leave and UofL leadership was continuing to evaluate all of the information in the case.
Postel told reporters after the meeting that he hoped to announce the hiring of a new interim athletics director on Tuesday afternoon, while Grissom said that the trustees are not making a “rush to judgement” on Jurich’s fate, adding that they are examining information from a “variety of sources” before making a decision.
During the executive session, UofL released the suspension letters given to Jurich and Pitino by Postel last week. In the letter to Jurich, Postel noted that his contract required him to “supervise coaches to assure their exemplary performance and adherence to law and all NCAA, ACC, and University policies,” but added that the level of misconduct alleged in the indictment and amount of negative attention thrust upon UofL “is unacceptable.”
Postel also wrote that Jurich’s recent negotiation with Adidas on a major sponsorship deal “was conducted without timely or appropriate consultation with me or members of the Board of Directors of the University of Louisville Athletics Association.”
The UofL Athletic Association board is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m., and it’s agenda appears to consist entirely of a closed session to deal with the basketball scandal.
Postel’s letters suspending Pitino and Jurich can be read below:
This story will be updated.