The University of Louisville announced Monday they will promote Vince Tyra to athletic director according to The Courier Journal. Tyra has served as the school’s interim athletic director since October, but he will now retain the job permanently.
Tyra and Louisville agreed to a five-year contract worth $850,000 per year. His salary can reach up to $1 million if he earns every bonus.
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Tyra became the Louisville athletic director after the school suspended and then eventually fired Tom Juirch following the FBI probe into illegal recruiting in college basketball. Jurich had served as the Cardinals athletic director since 1997.
Louisville hired a search firm to help the school’s search committee with the hiring process, and the firm recommended two other people for the job other than Tyra, but the Cardinals liked what they had. The search firm also recommended Tyra as one of their top three candidates for the position.
“Over the past six months, he has been in a job where he has had a chance to prove himself,” interim Louisville president Greg Postel said according to The Courier Journal. “Put simply, he has proven to be a perfect fit for U of L.”
Tyra is now responsible for navigating Louisville out of one of the most difficult times any athletic department has experienced in college sports. The Cardinals have seen multiple scandals hurt their men’s basketball team over the last several years, and in February, the NCAA vacated the team’s 2013 national championship.