Vince Tyra talks about the current scandals involving UofL and moving forwardWhen Vince Tyra became interim athletics director, he inherited several scandals surrounding the men's basketball program.
It was the sex scandal that rocked the program in August 2015. It’s a case that’s now in the appeals process with the NCAA leaving the 2013 national title at stake.
Kent Spencer: How quickly do you guys think you'll have some finality from all of this?
Vince Tyra: We'll be in Atlanta on December 12th or 13th with our appeal. Dr. Postel and I will be down there with our counsel presenting our appeal. I've reviewed the case, reviewed our appeal, [and I] feel well prepared – obviously not happy – [I] want to come back with that banner.
There’s also the latest FBI pay for play scandal within the sport where it's alleged Louisville coaches were involved in the arrangement to pay the family of freshman Brian Bowen $100,000 through a representative of Adidas.
Kent Spencer: Where does Brian Bowen sit with you guys currently?
Vince Tyra: He's still sitting on the sidelines. Everybody knows he's not involved in the team aspect of what's going on. We've been working as fast as we've been allowed to – as fast as we can. Internal investigations has to get to the point where we can make a decision with Brian. We are first obviously and Brian second."
Tyra was asked if he thinks assistant coach Kenny Johnson, who was placed on administrative leave in the wake of the FBI probe, would ever coach at Louisville again?
Vince Tyra: I don't really know enough to say that. I think it's something. Believe me, even today working through as many facts as I can find in our investigation and hope to come to the decision in short order."
Several weeks ago, Tyra created a buzz when he was seen courtside at a basketball game with Papa John’s CEO, John Schnatter.
Vince Tyra: My relationship with John is great as it is with most of our donors. I've got a great working relationship, I've done business with a lot of the leaders in the city [and] we need them all. We need to unify this effort. I don't like having this division."
Then you have perhaps the biggest unknown of all.
Kent Spencer: Do you want the job full time?
Vince Tyra: It's a question I'm trying to answer with others more than myself. I don't think it's fair to the coaches or our fan base to just jump in here. It's not something I ever intended to do. If there's value to be added here, I can help the community help this university, athletic program [and] then we should have that discussion. I'm in no hurry to hold anybody up. If there's another player that can do the job, we should look at that too.