Well, leave it to UofL Athletics to stir up a little drama on a Wednesday, right? This morning, the UofL Board of Trustees met and board member John Schnatter, aka pizza giant Papa John, basically put Tom Jurich on blast, calling his leadership “invisible.” WDRB’s Chris Otts was there and live tweeted all the drama.
“The athletics thing scares me,” Papa John began. “Because I have met with Greg (Postel) and he goes, the leadership is invisible. I said, get them in front of the trustees (board) so we can know what they’re doing. And he goes, good luck. He’s invisible. So, how do we put that third leg of the stool (athletics, others are university and foundation) on notice? Invisible! Invisible.”
When one of the board members, Postel, complained that UofL doesn’t have enough cash on hand, Papa John pointed out that’s pretty ridiculous considering they’re expanding the football stadium, which bears his name.
“We’re doing this by the skin of our teeth,” Papa John said, via Otts. We’re getting to put $60 million in a stadium — by the way, it’s my stadium — and we’re $5 million over budget and we’ve got 10 days of cash. This is crazy.”
Turns out they have 35 days of cash left, not 10, but Schnatter wasn’t done there, calling board members out for complaining about losing money on parking when tuition continues to rise for students. Who knew Papa was such a champion of the people!
“Until you fix athletics, you cannot fix this university,” he continued. “You have to fix athletics first. I have looked at this eight ways to Sunday. You have to fix athletics first, and then the university will get in line.”
At that point, someone suggested they continue the discussion in a closed session later today. Smart move.
To read all of the drama, head on over to @christopherotts.