Board votes to fire Jurich as UofL athletic director

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - In a 10 to 3 vote, the University of Louisville Board of Trustees voted to fire Tom Jurich as the school's athletic director.

Jurich has been on paid administrative leave since last month when the FBI linked Louisville to a bribery investigation involving recruits.

The board fired Jurich with cause.

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Earlier this week, the university's athletic board fired men's head basketball coach Rick Pitino.

Jurich has served as the director of athletics for the past 20 years.

Tom Jurich’s legal counsel at Frost Brown Todd Attorneys LLC. released the following statement: "We are disheartened by the actions taken by the University of Louisville Board of Trustees this afternoon against Athletic Director Tom Jurich. We believe that their vote to terminate his contract was done in haste with inaccurate information that should have had no bearing on continuing his employment. Tom Jurich maintained a professional athletic department that was the envy of universities across the country. He has done nothing illegal, nor violated any NCAA rules. Tom has been a great steward for the University of Louisville Athletics brand.

Tom Jurich has always placed the care and well being of the student athletes first. Tom continually demanded that his coaches follow the rules of the NCAA and the institution and never once waivered in support of those who did. The Jurich family would like to thank the senior staff, coaching and department staff, student athletes, colleagues at UofL, donors, fans and everyone who live and reside in the city of Louisville for the opportunities and support they’ve provided throughout the years.

With that said, Tom has instructed us to vigorously defend his rights and reputation under his long-standing contract with the University of Louisville. "

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