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Volume 24 No. 216

Colleges

The Univ. of Louisville's AD search committee met for the first time yesterday, and members of multiple UL boards expect the committee to endorse interim AD Vince Tyra "taking the position permanently," according to Tim Sullivan of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. Tyra has "generally received high marks in his three months as acting AD." But his "inexperience in athletic administration, his $100,000-per-month salary and the composition of a search committee that includes three of his subordinates has been a source of consternation among some of his more prominent constituents." Members of various school boards have "expressed the belief the search result is already predetermined." Given the "polarized response" to Tom Jurich's firing, a "certain amount of dissension is to be expected." In appointing himself and Papa John's Founder John Schnatter to the committee, along with three current members of the athletic department, UL interim President Greg Postel has "created a five-person voting bloc with a personal stake in Tyra’s success." It is "difficult to imagine a different candidate being recommended" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/23).

NETWORK NEWS: In Louisville, Jeff Greer notes a bill seeking Kentucky state legislature approval of an $8M project for UL's ACC Network TV studios "will be up for an emergency vote" today. The school is "handling the funding of the studio," and the Louisville Athletic Association and BOT "approved the project last year." Louisville Senior Associate AD/Media Relations & SID Kenny Klein said that the reason for fast-tracking of the bill is that Louisville "needs to have the studio up and running by August for the fall sports season" (Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL, 1/23).

The Univ. of Wisconsin athletic board on Friday "approved an increase" for football season tickets of $6 per game to $54, or a "total of $378 for a seven-game" home slate in '18, according to Jeff Potrykus of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. UW is coming off a program-record 13-1 finish, and the last "price increase for season tickets" came after the '14 season. Five Big Ten schools had "higher base season-ticket prices" in '17 than $378: Ohio State ($695), Michigan ($430), Iowa ($405), Nebraska ($399) and Penn State ($385). UW's $54 per-game price is "expected to be no higher than 10th in the Big Ten next season." The athletic board was "scheduled to vote on a proposal to increase student tickets to $27 per game from $24," but that topic was "postponed until the board's Feb. 16 meeting." Season tickets for women's volleyball matches "also were increased" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 1/20). In Madison, Dennis Punzel noted the UW athletic department is looking at a $2.9M deficit for '18-19 (MADISON.com, 1/20).