There was no shortage of Louisville sports fans who were speculating about a major change within the athletic program before the second workweek of December began.
I don’t think this is what anyone had in mind.
Athletic director Vince Tyra is widely reported to be the leading candidate to become the new AD at Florida State. If it happens, deputy athletic director Josh Heird is expected to step into Tyra’s role.
We will be recording tomorrow, @Nolecast will devote significant time to AD convo.— Ingram Smith (@IngramSmith) December 6, 2021
It is my understanding FSU has let other candidates involved in the AD search know that they are going in different direction. Appears as though Vince Trya is all but a formality at this point. https://t.co/mAUpaNi67h
Based on what I am hearing, I expect Louisville AD Vince Tyra to become the next AD at Florida State. Not a done deal yet, so anything can happen. But he is the top choice. @ByPatForde @PeteThamel had reports about the connection first.— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) December 6, 2021
According to several reports, including those from Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde and WDRB’s Eric Crawford, an untenable relationship between Tyra and U of L president Neeli Bendapudi as well as others in positions of power at the university have played a large part in Tyra’s decision.
The common thought surrounding this move seems to be that Florida State is having some financial difficulties, and Tyra is seen as having done an impressive job balancing U of L’s budget during his time here.
I don’t know ... the whole thing feels very strange to be, and that seems to be the basic reaction from the fan bases on both sides as well. So it goes.
There is a meeting of the U of L board of trustees set for Monday at 5 p.m. Should be an interesting(?) day.