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Tom Jurich blames KSR’s Matt Jones for his reputation as a bully

Tim Sullivan over at the Courier-Journal has a very lengthy look into the career of Tom Jurich at Louisville. “Tom Jurich’s Louisville legacy: bold businessman or bully? Depends on who you ask,” it’s called.

In it, Sullivan talks to several folks on each side of the bully/businessman argument. Our dear friend Zach McCrite is included and he leans bullying, telling the newspaper, “After talking to Tom personally in his office, I realized it wasn’t going to work out. He told me, ‘Anybody like you is never going to have a spot on my airwaves.'”

When asked about McCrite, Jurich said he remembered him but didn’t remember any meetings with him. Jurich then put the blame on KSR’s own Matt Jones for the “bully” narrative.

Jurich said he remembered McCrite but not meeting with him about “Steve Kragthorpe or airwaves or anything like that.” He said, “I’ve never asked anyone to bend for me,” and blames the lingering accusation of his “control” of Louisville media on Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones.

“If you say anything bad about Jurich, phone call,” Jones told his listeners after Jurich’s firing, according to a transcript posted by WHAS. “You could say anything about Rick (Pitino). You could say anything about Bobby (Petrino). But you could not say anything about Tom. That was the constant.

“When you look back and you sorta say, ‘How did this Louisville thing happen?’ In my opinion, it all comes down to the phone call. Everyone was scared.”

There’s plenty more to digest in Sullivan’s piece, including my favorite part of the story: that one former Jurich staff member hated him so much, she gave up hating him for Lent.

To one former U of L staff member, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, Jurich inspires so much animosity that for Lent she once gave up hating him.

Another tale says Jurich wanted to punch Tony Vanetti, another dear friend of KSR, in the face:

Multiple sources recall Jurich venting – and in the presence of media members – that he wanted to punch talk show host Tony Vanetti in the face hard enough to hear his bones break. Vanetti declined to comment.

“If I ever said that, I was joking,” Jurich said. “I like Tony Vanetti.”

Based on the people who spoke to Sullivan for the article, the verdict is pretty split on Jurich’s legacy at Louisville.

Give it a read and share your thoughts below.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

12 responses to “Tom Jurich blames KSR’s Matt Jones for his reputation as a bully”

  1. ukjaybrat

    “If I ever said that, I was joking,” Jurich said. “I like Tony Vanetti.”

    If tony liked him back, he probably would have backed this statement up. instead, he declined to comment.

    The king likes all his peasants and commoners as long as they are paying taxes and keeping their mouths shut. This is no different. He’s lying out of his butt to take a damning piece of evidence to the “bullying” and saying it was out of context and shouldn’t be considered.

  2. secrick

    I think Matt Jones should have Jordan Jones go kick his ass. Just kidding .

  3. dwildslex

    That article is as disgusting as that entire university. I just do not get it. How do those people not see what liars they all are at UL? I don’t understand how people keep supporting Jurich and Pitino and that MESS. Captain Suntan called Lexington and UK “so low rent” BEFORE the game on Saturday. I hate being naive, but I can not see it. Where do they get that? We were low rent on the field Saturday, but that’s the only low class/low rent thing I’ve ever seen out of UK. What am I missing?

    1. RickE

      Man, after living in Louis. for my 64 years, this is an odd place. Matt Jones touches on how weird it is to live around these UL fans. And, it’s one of my favorite things about Matt. Because he’s right. I wish I could explain them to you. Somewhere between hateful and delusional.

    2. Eazy

      Lexington is a far better city than Louisville in every facet. Income, education, crime, etc. Louisville is low rent in athletics and we have the best basketball program in the country. Not to mention we are a top 10 overall program.

    3. Eazy

      Oh, and Louisville consistently ranks as one of the worst cities to live in in the country. Lexington is always one of the best. But of course Louisville fans never speak in facts.

  4. Mathlete

    Easy dividing line: if you’re a Jurich sycophant, he’s a saint. If you’re not, he’s a tyrant.

  5. RickE

    Even the CJ readers are afraid to comment. You’d think someone would have an opinion.

    1. Mathlete

      What if the comments are being moderated and only the nice ones are being let through? How hilarious would that be?

  6. Shagaris Sock Puppet

    Jurich doesn’t have that kind of force on a punch to break anything, hes soft look at him. Hes like a big fluffy cloud wearing turtlenecks.

    1. ClutchCargo

      Maybe he was talking about his own fingers breaking. Then it makes more sense.

  7. dballrb

    The 3 Muske’teers’…they haven’t earned the ‘teers’ all in one yet..”Jurich the joke” perhaps. .