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UofL athletic director Vinca Tyra speaks out about poor fan attendance

UofL athletic director Vinca Tyra speaks out about poor fan attendance


THE BEST COACH FOR U OF L. ?
>>YES, I THINK BOBBY HAS SHOWN
THE ABILITY TO TAKE US TO LEVELS
WE’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE. SOME OF OUR BEST MOMENTS IN THIS
PROGRAM HAVE BEEN UNDER HIS
GUIDANCE. REPORTER: SECOND YEAR ATHLETIC
DIRECTOR VINCE TYRA IS PUTTING
HIS SUPPORT BEHIND STRUGGLING
U OF L FOOTBALL COACH BOBBY
PETRINO AT LEAST FOR NOW. TYRA ALSO EXPLAINED HIS
FRUSTRATION WITH FANS BOYCOTTING
HOME FOOTBALL GAMES, LEAVING
THOUSANDS OF OPEN SEATS AROUND
CARDINAL STADIUM.>>I THINK FANS FEEL LEAVING
THEIR SEAT EMPTY IS A WAY TO
SEND A MESSAGE. I’M NOT SURE WHO THEIR INTENDED
AUDIENCE IS WHETHER IT’S THE
, PLAYERS, THE COACH, ME, MAYBE
IT’S ALL OF THE ABOVE, BUT. AGAIN, IT’S DISAPPOINTING. YOU’D HOPE THAT PEOPLE ARE
SUPPORTERS OF THE PROGRAM
THROUGHOUT. REPORTER: THE UNIVERSITY
ANNOUNCED ATTENDANCE AT 49,603
FOR SATURDAY’S HOME GAME AGAINST
WAKE FOREST. BUT BY THE THIRD QUARTER OF THE
BLOWOUT LOSS, A MAJORITY OF
CARDINAL STADIUM’S 61,000 SEATS
WERE EMPTY. TYRA SAYS IT SENDS A BAD MESSAGE
TO HIGH PROFILE RECRUITS WHO
COME TO EXPERIENCE U OF L
FOOTBALL.>>FANS WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE
TO THE PROGRAM, THEY DON’T LIKE
WHERE WE ARE. IT’S NOT GOING TO IMPROVE IF
YOU’RE GOING TO HELP US RUN OFF
RECRUITS. WE NEED FANS THERE TO SHOW THEIR
LOYALTY, SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND
HELP US GET THESE TOP RECRUITS
AND BE THERE. REPORTER: LOOKING AHEAD TO THE
UPCOMING BASKETBALL SEASON, TYRA
THANKED THE FANS WHO CAME TO THE
LOUISVILLE LIVE PRESEASON EVENT
IN AUGUST.>>WE CAME OFF A DIFFICULT
SEASON LAST YEAR. FANS STUCK WITH IT. WE’VE WORKED HARD TO TRY TO GET
THEM REENGAGED. WE HAD THE EVENT. WE HAD TOP RECRUITS THERE AND
GUESS WHAT? WE HAVE A ROUND OF COMMITMENTS. REPORTER: AS FOR THE NCAA
RECRUITING INVESTIGATION LOOMING
OVER THE UNIVERSITY’S BASKETBALL
PROGRAM, TYRA HAD THIS MESSAGE
FOR SUPPORTERS.>>I’M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT IT
TODAY. I DON’T THINK CHRIS IS CONCERNED
ABOUT IT TODAY IN RUNNING OUR
PROGRAM. WE’RE BEING INCREDIBLY OPEN AND
HONEST WITH THE FAMILIES WE DO
RECRUIT, AND I THINK OBVIOUSLY
IT’S PAID OFF. WE GOT A TOP RANKED RECRUITING
CLASS. REPORTER: I ASKED TYRA IF HE’S
GIVEN ANY THOUGHT TO LOUISVILLE
NATIVE AND PURDUE COACH JEFF
BROHM COMING BACK TO COACH THE
CARDS. WHILE HE PRAISED BROHM AND HIS
TEAM’S PERFORMANCE THIS YEAR, HE
SAID IT’S PREMATURE AND UNFAIR
TO TALK ABOUT HIRING A DIFFERENT
COAC
ALSO COMING UP AT 6:00, WE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT A U OF L FOOTBALL
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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