Louisville Scandal Could Damage City


The University of Louisville

Nick Jackson, Staff writer

Another day, another scandal.

The University of Louisville have been caught in the midst of another scandal.

After the last scandal, Louisville fans thought that they were starting fresh, and changing the program. Just as it began to seem that way the biggest scandal in NCAA history broke, and Louisville was involved. Along with the  University of Southern California, Arizona, and Auburn, they were caught getting money from Adidas and giving it to high school recruits to convince them to attend Louisville and join Adidas once they reach the NBA.

All of the allegations facing Louisville are very serious. But what is really important is how this will affect those not involved. For example the citizens of Louisville and the passionate fans. Some questions that they are facing are how will the fall of the KFC Yum Center affect taxpayers? Who is really to blame? Or How do the fans feel?

The KFC Yum Center is a very important building in Louisville. Although the stadium itself is not a huge money maker, it brings in a large amount of economic activity. The real fear that may become a reality is what if the Louisville Men’s Basketball team gets the death penalty? What the death penalty would mean is the team would be ineligible to play for the season. Without any other teams playing or activities occurring, the city’s economy will take a large hit. Business teacher and Louisville fan Daniel Rock said, “No basketball games creates a loss in revenue. You won’t have ticket sales, the surrounding areas will lose out on being able to sell their product, so you definitely have a quick loss in revenue from selling products locally.” The reason this is important is any citizen of Louisville could be affected. Without any games happening a company owner could experience a large drop in sells.

While the news of scandal hit quickly and hit hard, it left people thinking, ultimately, who’s fault is this? Athletic Director Troy Barr had some words on who should be to blame, “If it happens in the athletic department and you’re the athletic director, ultimately it’s on your shoulders.” Barr also found it hard to believe that Louisville’s Athletic Director, Tom Jurich states that he had no idea this was happening, “I find it odd that the Athletic Director act like he didn’t know what was going on in several cases. But he needs to be accountable,” said Barr. Many fans are ready for a change in the Athletic Director position and are ready for a new environment in Louisville athletics.

After the scandal became known to the public, some fans became quick to defend their University or turn a blind eye to the situation as a whole. Rock however, is facing it head on and is ready for change, “I like college basketball, I like the schools. I just hope it gets cleaned up. What’s been established is what you would consider a black market,” said Rock. There is still a long time before the NCAA rules anything definite, but for the city of Louisville’s sake, let’s hope there is no death penalty.