University of Louisville interim President Greg Postel sent an official termination letter to former athletic director Tom Jurich on Tuesday. It took less than an hour for Jurich’s legal team to respond.
In a letter of their own, Jurich’s lawyers claimed the termination letter was an attempt to “smear the reputation” of the former Cardinals athletic director and denied all of the allegations.
— Will Clark (@WClark840WHAS) October 24, 2017
The response letter also made the critical point that when arguing against the NCAA this past spring, the Louisville athletic department had no issues with the “culture” Jurich had created in the Cardinals athletic programs. That was one of the key points of Postel’s letter for why the university fired Jurich “with cause.”
“This culture has now culminated with an FBI investigation implicating certain members of the University’s men’s basketball program in a scheme of fraud and malfeasance in the recruitment of student athletes,” Postel’s letter to Jurich reads according to The Courier-Journal. “Your significant and habitual dereliction of duties has caused substantial damage to the Athletic Department and the University as a whole.”
This line from Tom Jurich's response brings it home… "The accusation of "a culture of tolerance" of noncompliance is the exact opposite of what Dr. Postel argued himself to the NCAA in April, including in the pending appeal of the penalties in the April NCAA hearing."
— Howie Lindsey (@howielindsey) October 24, 2017
Clearly, the fight between Jurich and the Louisville athletic department is far from finished.
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