LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Several University of Louisville boosters want new leadership at the school so they put up a billboard to spread their message.
A committee met at UofL to discuss evaluations of the Board of Trustees and the University President.
“It’s a best practice to evaluate everything,” said UofL trustee Bonita Black. “We evaluate our performance as individual trustees, as a board of trustees, and our board meetings and the effectiveness of them.”
Just a few miles away a billboard along I-65 called for a similar review, but in a much different way.
“I didn’t think it would actually happen, but it did and sure enough there is a billboard up there,” said Nick Coffey.
Radio host Nick Coffey of 790 KRD says he first saw this PayPal account over the weekend, and just a few days later the account had received more than $2700 in donations.
“Fans feel as if this is a way to let their voice be heard,” said Coffey.
As soon as the billboard asking Greg Postel and David Grissom to step down went up he says his audio board was buzzing with calls.
“I think people just want somebody to be angry at,” said Coffey. "Some of the criticism is warranted for the leadership at UofL, but those guys didn’t have anything to do with why the university has a black eye.”
University of Louisville spokesman John Drees responded to the billboard with a statement saying, “This divisive, attacking message is centered on anger over the athletics program but is harming the entire university.”
“I don’t know the exact solution right now,” said Coffey. “The more you have success the more people will be willing to jump on board, donate some money, and be involved.”
As for what’s next with the group which is calling itself “Friends of UofL” well that’s really anyone’s guess.
“I don’t know how big that group of fans is, but they’re certainly vocal and they’re loud and they certainly try to make their presence known,” said Coffey.
WHAS tried to reach out to the spokesman for the “Friends of UofL” group, but to this point, we haven’t heard about that.
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