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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Tom Jurich Fired...Women's Soccer tonight -- Asia Durr Honored -- Thursday CARDINAL COUPLE


(Photo by Charlie Springer -- UofL Card Game)
Wednesday afternoon, by a vote of 10-3, the UofL Board of Trustees fired Tom Jurich...with cause. Just what the "just cause" anyone's guess. 

Sticking by Rick Pitino? Inability to get along with interim President Greg Postel? 

Postal wasn't talking about the ramifications yesterday after the board meeting ended. 

He did reference to the hope that the UofL students and community would "rise to the occasion"... a phrase that adidas, ironically enough, has on Cardinal t-shirts...but his refusal to explain just what the "just cause" sure seems like an absence of accountability. 

Saying it's about the legal proceedings...when a man has spent almost 20 years building the athletic program to unfathomable a lame and unacceptable answer. 

The other shoe has dropped.

 Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Jim Patterson Stadium, Lynn Stadium, The Louisville Lacrosse Stadium, The "Little" YUM!, The big Yum, The Bass-Rudd Tennis Center, The Ralph Wright Natatorium, Trager Stadium, Cardinal Park, Cardinal Arena and Ulmer Stadium all became realities and Cardinal venues during Jurich's reign. 

Every coach in the UofL Athletic Rex Ecarma...was hired by Tom Jurich. Jeff Walz, Bobby Petrino, Sandy Pearsall, Dan McDonnell, Rick Pitino, Bobby Petrino, Ken Lolla, Arthur Albiero, Kelly Young, Karen Ferguson Dayes, Dani Busboom Kelly, Anne Kordes, Rick Pitino, Kenny Klein, Justine Sowry, Mark Crabtree, Courtney Trimble, Derek Copeland, Dale Cowper and Mark Beckham all were hired by Tom Jurich. Even Steve Kragthorpe. 

A current coach, who wished to remain anonymous, told me Wednesday: 

"We all are a little nervous now. Tom is all we've known. All we can do now is try to work as hard as we can to make our student-athletes successful, in sports and life, because that was what Tom was all about. We'll work with Vince [Tyra] because that is who we have now. As far as staying here at Louisville? I'll see. This was a destination job but with Tom gone, the next moves are going to weigh a lot with me. There's a lot of questions." 

This was a bad move. The wrong decision. You don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Tom Jurich will have no problems finding another job. And Louisville? Time will tell who ascend those stairs and becomes the new A.D. up there on the 3rd floor of the S.A.C. 

Chairman David Grissom and Interim President Greg Postel were able to finally breathe a collective sigh of relief. They’ve been plotting behind the scenes for quite a while now, wanting to remove Tom Jurich from his job at the University of Louisville.

Rally around the student-athletes. They and the coaches need you more than ever now. Don't boycott games. Show righteous rage if you must. Be dis-satisfied with this blunder by the board but don't back off your love and support for these kids and their coaches. 

It's still UofL. It's still the ACC. It's still the red and the black. 

But, it's a sadder day and a inconceivable move. And, if you think politics had nothing to do with this...wake up and look at the landscape. 



The Demon Deacons from Winston Salem...those Wake Forest kickers...will be in Lynn Stadium tonight for a 7 p.m. math on the pitch against the Louisville Cardinal women's soccer squad. 

Louisville needs this one badly. In eighth place in the ACC and hoping to make the ACC Tournament (which accepts eight teams)...a Cardinal win in their final home game of the regular season is greatly needed. The Cards have 9 points in the standings (a win gets you three points and a tie gets you one). The Cards are 3-4 in conference. N.C.State, Boston College and Notre Dame have 10 points. Clemson has 8. Wake Forest has 13 and is in third place in the standings. 

The Cards could go a long way in securing a bid tonight with a win. They end the season in North Carolina with games against UNC and NC State. Difficult, but not impossible. 

Do this, WSOC. GIve the beleaguered UofL fans a bright spot in what has been a really tough week.  



UofL junior guard Asia Durr has been selected as the 2017-18 ACC preseason Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches.

In addition to the award, Durr, senior Myisha Hines-Allen and freshman Dana Evans earned All-ACC preseason honor from both the league coaches and the Blue Ribbon Panel, the conferences media and sports information directors

Durr and Hines-Allen were named Preseason All-ACC, while Evans was one of five players named to the Newcomer Watch List. 

This is the second straight season that a Louisville student-athlete has earned ACC Player of the Year honors. Myisha Hines-Allen got the 2016-17 nod. 

The Cards were picked to finish second in the league by the 15 coaches...getting one first place vote, while the Blue Ribbon Panel also put Louisville second. Notre Dame was picked first in both polls. Duke was selected third. Florida State came in fourth and Virginia rounded out the top five in the coaches poll. The Blue Ribbon Panel agreed on 1-4 with Miami getting fifth in their poll. 

The preseason All-ACC teams were: 


Lexie Brown - Duke
Rebecca Greenwell - Duke
Shakayla Thomas - FSU
Myisha Hines-Allen - UofL
Asia Durr - UofL
Stephanie Watts - UNC
Paris Kea - UNC
Arike Ogunbowale - Notre Dame
Marina Mabrey - Notre Dame
Chanette Hicks - Va.Tech


Lexie Brown
Rebecca Greenwell
Shakayla Thomas
Francesca Pan (Georgia Tech)
Asia Durr
Myisha Hines-Allen
Paris Kea
Arike Ogunbowale
Marina Mabrey
Elisa Penna (Wake Forest) 

Congratulations to these three Cardinals! The season begins



  1. Great honors for Asia, Myisha and Dana -- plus the team. We have to accept the reality on what happened to Tom and move on. Support the players and coaches -- you got that right Paulie!

    -- The Real Joe Hill --

  2. My first concern after the firing was announced was the state of the coaches, all of whom clearly supported Jurich. Your quote does not quell my concerns.

  3. The Bird Lady10/19/2017 8:09 PM

    I am sorry that coach feels that way, but while many feel,the same uneasiness we all do, I don't see many bolting. I think Tyra understands it is his job to. Build relations with coaches. I also think a big factor is how fans respond. If teams are not supported, it will be easier for other schools to cherry pick some coaches. I still think we will be ok. Men's basketball is going to face recruiting problems until this is all sorted out but I am putting on my Cardinal color glasses and hoping Tyra can do what he was hired for - give us stability.


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