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U of L Names Vince Tyra Acting Athletic Director

J. Tyler Franklin

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.

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 today 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 press 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.”

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.

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