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Report Louisville’s Tom Jurich not interested in Texas AD job

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West Virginia’s Oliver Luck has already expressed publicly that he’s not interested in the athletic director’s job at Texas.  Now, another prominent AD is reportedly expressing the same sentiment privately as well.

Citing multiple sources, Yahoo! SportsPat Forde reported late Thursday night that Tom Jurich is committed to Louisville and has no interest in taking over for DeLoss Dodds at UT.  Jurich and Luck, along with current Big 12 commissioner and former Stanford AD Bob Bowlsby, have been among the more prominent names mentioned for one of the most prestigious positions in collegiate sports.

At least one source mentioned to Forde the fact that Jurich has signed head football coach Charlie Strong and head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino to long-term deals is “a major factor” in Jurich not letting his eyes wander to Texas or any other job for that matter.

“If he left, how could he look them in the eye after convincing them to stay?” the source told Forde.

Of course, neither Strong, mentioned as a possibility to fill the vacancy at USC and who will certainly be a target if/when the Longhorns can Mack Brown, nor Pitino are bound by law to stay at the UofL regardless of the length of their respective contracts, but Forde’s point is taken.  In that same vein, UT will likely make a strong push for Jurich at some point, if it hasn’t already, and things could certainly change.  It wouldn’t be the first time an administrator or coach at this level said one thing and did another when push came to shove– especially when the scope of UT’s financial resources are in play.

That said, Jurich doesn’t appear to have a wandering eye and seemingly remains committed to building upon one of the most successful athletic departments in the country.

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7 Responses to “Report Louisville’s Tom Jurich not interested in Texas AD job”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Oct 11, 2013 3:45 PM

    Kentucky..or..Texas

    I think I’d take Texas in a heartbeat.

  2. ancientcougar says: Oct 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    There’s something to be said about creating your own dynasty and enjoying the rewards of that creation.

  3. sssjim7 says: Oct 11, 2013 4:15 PM

    Woah… if Texas manages to get all three of them (Jurich, Petino and Strong) in one package… look out! I believe Texas could easily double all 3 of their salaries and convince them to come as a package… thus partially nullifying the obsticles you mentioned…

    Just something to ponder… really hadn’t even considered such a move before…

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  4. amosalanzostagg says: Oct 11, 2013 4:20 PM

    While the State of Texas has great people and great beauty, The University of Texas is not a great choice for an AD that wants to establish his own imprimatur on a program. It is comparable to replacing a legend in a sport, say a John Wooden at UCLA. Deloss Dodds has set a bar so high, what can an incoming AD accomplish in the reality that everything he’s/she does is always going to be measured against the metric that Dodds himself established?

    What do you do for an encore?

    Answer: Win a national champion every three years in the two money sports to keep the machine known as Texas, Inc. rolling.

    With a tailored made conference, there is no reason that Texas should be dominating in every sport given their position and their resources.

    It will be interesting to see who ends up taking the job, but you can see that Texas has their sights set on Charlie Strong.

    RTR

  5. thegamecocker says: Oct 11, 2013 5:04 PM

    I like the triumpharate from Louisville heading to Austin. It will give pause to the bum running the ACC. I think the guy is Dean Smith’s “son”, so to speak! The ACC is a basketball conference and it always will be.

  6. frug says: Oct 11, 2013 8:31 PM

    I doubt Petino would go to UT. His recruiting connections are all on the East Coast and while UT has the wealthiest athletic department in the country, Louisville actually has the most valuable basketball program so the Cardinals certainly have the means to keep him around.

  7. bgkytiger says: Oct 12, 2013 7:09 AM

    Why the heck would Jurich want to go to Texas.

    When ATM and Mizzou left the Big 12, Jurich lobbied hard to get into the Big 12. Loftin from Ou, Ksu, OSU and I believe TTU were all in favor. Instead they chose W. Virginia.This was an incredibly myopic decision, and a case of “whatever DeLoss Dodds wants, he gets”

    DeLoss was wrong on this decision. Louisville is in the golden age of their athletic department and W. Va played over their head for years. They will never be able to recruit in Texas, a requirement for winning in the Big 12. Louisville, on the other hand, is much closer for travel and…wait for it….has an airport less than 5 miles from campus! News Flash. Kids would go to louisville, and traveling for athletes playing at the school AND the sports teams doesn’t require and hour drive through the Appalachians after a flight to Pittsburgh!

    As for Pitino, he wasn’t crazy about jurich’s efforts to join the B12 I’m the first place.

    So yeah, I’m guessing Jurich is thinking in. The back of his mind and Texas s*{t in their own bed on this one and they can lie in it.

    I will post more about this in the UT paranoia article.

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