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Papa John puts Tom Jurich on blast at UofL Board of Trustees meeting


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.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for Papa John puts Tom Jurich on blast at UofL Board of Trustees meeting

  1. david8577
    2:47 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    John Schnatter just earned my respect. It takes balls to call out the mafia that is UL athletics.

    • Big DAWG Loggin
      5:05 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      It’s good to read, and infer, that at least his orfices are seemingly clear of Pitino’s, Petrino’s and Jurich’s Johnson.

  2. Bobbum Man
    2:49 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink


  3. ukjaybrat
    2:57 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    “But Papa, if we fix athletics, then we won’t be win anymore”

  4. sp
    2:59 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Everyone involved at that university has so much dirt on everyone else that all their jobs are safe.

  5. Beavis
    3:00 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Next U of L sponsored trip they send Papa on will be booked on a United Airlines flight.

    • RealCatsFan
      5:18 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      Ha! Papa will just jump in his private helicopter. 🙂

    • UKBlue1
      6:31 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      He doesn’t fly commercial

  6. Mathlete
    3:11 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    How does the (second) most valuable brand in college athletics have only 35 days of cash on hand?? You have to be *badly* mismanaged for that to happen.

    • Han
      3:38 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      Especially when they got a downright ludicrous deal with the arena.

  7. Catcasey1
    3:11 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Shameful people when athletes over education

  8. ukkatzfan
    3:12 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Guessing the show at Keeneland tomorrow will once again cover a UL scandal. I nominate Keeneland as a new home for KSR.

  9. keiths
    3:18 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Jurich will have PaPa stuffed in the trunk of a car somewhere!

  10. BBN17
    3:20 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    This isn’t related to anything but Did anyone see the story about UNC and NC state possibly get pulled out of the ACC. If not look it up and get the full thing

    • Mathlete
      3:30 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      That bill would be the most universally unpopular law in the history of NC. Liberals and conservatives alike will fume if their favorite team is forced to withdraw from their conference (and shell out almost $50mil each in withdrawal fees!) because lawmakers got shown up by public pressure

    • rickwhitetx
      3:58 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      I prefer to characterize it as blackmail by the NCAA. And, anyhow, if they left the ACC they could join the SEC. Move Missouri to the West and put them Carolina schools in the East. Easy peasy and probably 2 more wins for the Cats in football every year.

    • bhb71
      4:04 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      How is it blackmail?

    • rickwhitetx
      4:15 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      Blackmail because the NCAA told the North Carolina state legislature, the governing body of North Carolina, that if they passed a law the NCAA didn’t like they would pull post-season games out of the state. The NCAA has no business interfering with the laws of a state.

    • bhb71
      10:17 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      That’s not blackmail though, blackmail is when you know sensitive information about someone and threaten to release it if they don’t comply with your demands. This is, in no way, blackmail.

      With regards to the actual issue though, they can do whatever they want, the NCAA is a private institution that can choose to put its events in whatever place it wants to based on whatever criteria they choose. I’m not going to even bother getting into the specifics of the law because it’s clear that you and I will not agree about it.

    • J-Dub421
      4:17 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      The laws of the state have no business promoting discrimination.

    • rickwhitetx
      4:21 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      How is it discrimination? If you have one you go to this room, if you don’t, you go to that room. Frankly, I don’t want “Frank” to go to the same bathroom as girls. There’s too much room for sexual misconduct. And, it’s not just “Frank”, I don’t want “Francine” to go to the little boys room either. All this hoo-haw about gender identification is a load of crap.

    • J-Dub421
      4:41 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      You bought into the distraction of the so-called bathroom bill. What that bill really did was make it okay for employers to fire people for simply being gay and took away their ability to sue for same. That’s why the NCAA took all tournament games out of the state, employment discrimination.

    • RealCatsFan
      5:24 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      Personally, I think the whole gender / bathroom thing is just a political football. At the end of the day, you probably have a much higher chance of being sexually assaulted in the bathroom by a lot of those lawmakers than you do from a trans-gender person. Remember the Larry Craig “wide stance” fiasco several years ago? And the last time I saw females using the men’s room it was at the Derby infield, and I don’t think any of the dudes minded at all! 🙂

    • njCat
      5:28 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

      The NCAA can do business with whoever they want to. It’s a free country. If they choose not to do business in a state that supports discrimination, that is their choice. No one forced the legislators to change their law. They did so because it was in their best interest to do so.

  11. KTR2786
    3:56 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    University of Louisville: The Greatest Scandal in Sports.

  12. catsarerunnin
    8:27 pm April 12, 2017 Permalink

    Lots of trouble in Squirtsville.

  13. ebell55
    6:01 am April 13, 2017 Permalink

    This is about like me believing Trump and Tillerson are beefing with Putin and Russia!! The stink is on UofL now and Papa wants to distance himself. You turn a blind eye to corruption for 199 years and now I’m supposed to pat you on the back for trying to distance yourself from the crap storm. I won’t fall for the bait and switch!!

  14. ebell55
    6:03 am April 13, 2017 Permalink

    19 years of corruption

  15. DrewP
    7:25 am April 13, 2017 Permalink

    Lets order a pie

    10:24 am April 13, 2017 Permalink

    U of L and North Carolina are both on the chopping blocks. Both schools did 10 times worth then what Kentucky did when they receive the death penalty. If NCAA doesn’t make a example out of both of them then all other schools will follow suit and be going well if they just got a slap on the hand then they can’t do nothing to us if we do the same thing. If you notice players are leaving already and there will be more to follow because they know whats getting ready to go down.