Tom Jurich’s baby boy, Mark Jurich, sent an e-mail to new University of Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra to let him know he’s not happy.
Mark Jurich — you know, that guy who got paid a lot of money to do nothing — is upset because Tyra moved the Jurich’s season football and basketball tickets. The Jurich family had seats at midfield and midcourt in the club levels of Cardinal Stadium and the KFC Yum! Center, but Tyra recently moved them to a corner section of the club.
Poor wittle Jurich said the move is “blatant disrespect” for the family.
Here is the full e-mail, courtesy of The Courier-Journal:
In writing this email, I hope to be clear. It has been my goal to move on – yet you continue to attack my family which gives me no other option than to respond. This email is not about tickets. It is about you and the University dishonoring my father and your blatant disrespect for my family.
If you cannot bear the sight, or rather the optics of Tom Jurich in the YUM! Center or Cardinal Stadium, you are weaker than I thought. If you feel the need to hide my dad in a corner to make yourself feel important or simply comfortable, then so be it — he will do that for you. But you cannot possibly think you can erase him by hiding him in these stadiums. His fingerprints are everywhere. Your coaches still call my dad for advice. Your players still call my dad for insight. Your administration still calls my dad for guidance.
However, this all begs the following questions. Why be so petty? Why not be confident in the leader you think you are, rather than disregard the leader my father has always been? Why not honor him? Why not allow him to keep the seats he has earned after 20 years? These seats aren’t a gift. They were accepted in lieu of a pay raise. You have allowed Jim Ramsey and Kevin Miller (mind you, the athletic dept. accountant and the primary sport administrator for men’s basketball since I was in college) to maintain their seat locations, parking passes and dignity. My father honored Denny Crum with a prominent seat at YUM! for all the great things he did. So why the disparity?
Have you ever considered what my father did for you? He honored the legacy of your father. He was a steward of your money. He provided you with an amazing atmosphere for you as a fan and created a great product for you and your family. So why the continued efforts to embarrass us? My dad’s balance sheet has been on display for 20 years. Would you like for us to discuss yours? Would you like for us to discuss what I did for you at Cardinal Alley?
Or, Vince are you simply out of your league? What do you stand for? How do you look into my eyes moments after my father was placed on leave and say “I will do everything to make sure this University honors your dad”? Can you imagine me treating your son Cooper this way? No, because I never would.
While you were focused on $.79 pom-poms, Tyra jerseys and removing Jurich banners, you should’ve been focused on bridging the gap within our fanbase and supporting our program. The butchering of the NCAA appeal makes me question your agenda. To see the destruction of 20 years’ work in 10 months is heartbreaking. To see our top donors leave is understandable. You can package this however makes you most comfortable, but I question, as should everyone else, are you part of the problem? Is your ego so fragile that you cannot celebrate the man who preceded you?
The vision, unprecedented growth, wins, first-class facilities, world-class coaches, sponsorships, partnerships, conference realignments, conference championships, world series, bowl games, national championships. The campus, the city, the state, etc., etc., etc.
How quickly one forgets.
Now that I have reminded you, would you like to reconsider your decision? You and I both know that it is never too late to do the right thing.
Awwwwwwww… Poor wittle Mark has to sit in his free seats in the corner now. Awwwwwwwwww… That’s so sad. My heart breaks for the Juriches.
I guess it’s too much to be grateful that Louisville gave the family eight club-level tickets and two priority parking passes for both football and men’s basketball for the next 20 years when Tom left.
What a douche.