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Louisville's AD Search Committee Expected To Endorse Interim AD Vince Tyra

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).