Mark Jurich Sends Unwarranted Email to Vince Tyra
EDITOR NOTE: THE VIEWS EXPRESSED IN TODAY'S COMMENTARY ON THE TYRA/JURICH E-MAIL EXCHANGE DO NOT NECESSARILY EXPRESS THE VIEWPOINTS OF THE STAFF OR MANAGEMENT OF CARDINAL COUPLE, WCHQ 100.9 FM OR ANY OF THE EMPLOYEES OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS.
One of the reasons for the email? The season tickets for the Jurich family to men's basketball and football have been moved from where they have been located since back when Tom Jurich was athletic director. Although exact location was not noted we do know that the seats have been moved closer towards the baselines at Cardinal Stadium and the KFC Yum! Center. All eight seats that the Jurich family receives are still free of charge, per the settlement between the University of Louisville. WDRB's Eric Crawford brought to the attention of the public that Vince Tyra pays full price for his seats, which are not as nice as where the Jurich family's seats were located, for men's basketball and football games. The area where the Jurich's sat are also generally considered to be where the current athletic director and family are placed.
"In writing this email, I hope to be clear. It has been my goal to move on - yet you continue to attack my family which gives me no other option than to respond. This email is not about tickets. It is about you and the University dishonoring my father and your blatant disrespect for my family," writes Mark Jurich.
Tyra did not immediately respond, but rather took some time to think about the email and discuss it with his colleagues. His response consisted of one sentence.
"I received your email and it is clear that we disagree on all fronts," said Tyra.
Before I respond to the situation I would like to disclose that my views may not reflect the views by the rest of the Cardinal Couple staff and are my own.
Tom Jurich did some remarkable things as athletic director of UofL, including a never-born-seen growth and expansion of an athletics program. He brought it top notch facilities for all sports and heavily emphasized the importance of Title IX.
Not all that glitters is gold. And that is the case of what happened here. There is still a small portion of the Louisville fan base unhappy with how Tom Jurich handled the transition between Denny Crum and Rick Pitino. The black mark around the university involving Rick Pitino also included blood on the hands of Tom Jurich, figuratively.
Tyra, the athletics department, and the university handled it well. Instead of stooping down to the level of pettiness Mark Jurich showed they brushed it off and let it go. If anything, it shows maturity among the current administration and also shows that they still have respect for Tom Jurich.
Here is a link that has the entire e-mail sent on Aug. 22nd from Mark to Vince:
Volleyball Visits Gainesville for Bubly Tournament
Louisville will face all three opponents over the weekend in Exactech Arena at the Stephen O'Connell Center, where Florida's men and women's basketball, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and volleyball teams all compete. Originally, the Cards were to take on the Knights in Orlando, but perhaps UCF's 2018 Championship trophy for football is currently MIA.
-UCF Knights (Friday at 4:00 p.m.)
-Florida (Saturday at 5:00 p.m.)
Ranked 4th in the country heading into the weekend Florida is coming off a 2017 National Runner-Up appearance. They fell in four sets to Nebraska in the National Championship. The Gators (1-1) got revenge against the #2 Cornhuskers in their season opener this year, winning in a four-set thriller. Florida then fell to #3 Texas in a five-set nail-biter to get to where they currently are. Playing at home, Florida will be a force to be reckoned with.
UofL's weekend doesn't get easier as they'll face the #7 Trojans. Southern California holds a 3-0 record, like Louisville. They downed Kentucky, who the Cards will face on Sept. 14, in a tight four-set match. Neither team won a set by more than three points. They then swept Northern Iowa before holding off Creighton in five sets. The Trojans fell to Florida in the quarterfinals (Elite Eight) last year.
This weekend will be the toughest 48 hours of volleyball Coach Dani Busboom Kelly will have had to face with UofL. The weekend could easily end poorly, resulting in the Cards dropping to 3-3. We could also be surprised and watch Louisville come out of it 6-0. My prediction is that UofL will defeat UCF before falling to Florida and USC.
The only link currently provided by UofL is the one for Louisville vs UCF. With the high quality opponents in Florida and USC I would be surprised if there isn't a live stream somewhere. We will keep an eye out for that information and pass it along once we find out.
Cardinal Couple Radio Hour
In our stead, Mike Gilpatrick (River City Cards) and Daryl Foust (The Crunch Zone/ Kentucky Women Talk Sports) will accompany Paulie and Worldwide. Cardinal Couple covers women's sports at UofL and that will be the main focus on Saturday's show. There are four women's teams playing this weekend. There will be a little bit of football coverage and I will try to call in and report the sights and sounds of Orlando.
Mike and Daryl are no strangers to The Cardinal Couple Radio Hour and we always gladly welcome either or both when they join in to interact with whatever "knuckleheads" we have on-air.
If any of our loyal readers are headed to the football game look for me and don't be shy, say "hi"! It brings me joy meeting the real backbone of Cardinal Couple.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!
- Jared -