It looks like a full housecleaning is coming for the Louisville Cardinals.
in addition to head basketball coach Rick Pitino, athletics director Tom Jurich is firmly on the hot seat following Tuesday’s reverlations about his program. According to multiple media reports, Jurich is likely being relieved of his duties today.
A person inside the #Louisville athletic department tells me there's an expectation that Pitino (and likely Jurich) will be fired today.— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) September 27, 2017
It is my understanding that Tom Jurich was relieved of his duties this morning. Dark day for UL and Card fans.— John Ramsey (@JohnRamseyUofL) September 27, 2017
#Louisville source: Rick Pitino met with his staff this morning. While he has not been notified of his firing yet, he "knows it's coming."— Michael Eaves (@michaeleaves) September 27, 2017
Can confirm Louisville AD Tom Jurich has been relieved of his duties at the school.— Jody Demling (@jdemling) September 27, 2017
It looks like Jurch may have actually been fired for refusing to fire Pitino:
According to sources, Tom Jurich was asked to fire Rick Pitino, refused, both were fired— Kent Taylor (@KentTaylorWAVE) September 27, 2017
Like them or hate them, Pitino and Jurich have been one of the most powerful head coach/AD tandems in college sports. Pitino is a hall of fame head coach, while Jurich has taken Louisville, which was once cellar-dwelling school in most of their athletics programs, and built them up to where nearly every sports team has had major success.
But with all of the transgressions that have taken place under their watch, letting them remain employed at Louisville just can’t be allowed to happen. If this is the end, it’s an unfortunate ending, but it’s one they’ve gone out of their way to earn.