His daughter, Haley Jurich, was hired by Adidas in March, as local news outlet WDRB.com first reported on Wednesday.
One of Tom Jurich’s twin daughters, Haley Jurich is an Adidas NCAA brand communications manager, according to her LinkedIn profile.
Five months after she was hired, the University of Louisville announced a $US160 million sponsorship deal with Adidas.
Haley Jurich previously worked as the assistant director for athletic development at the US Air Force Academy and as a marketing intern for the NCAA.
WDRB.com reported on Haley Jurich’s position on Tuesday, after an FBI investigation accused an Adidas executive of conspiring to funnel $US100,000 to the family of a high-school basketball player to persuade the player to sign with a certain school. While the university was not named in the investigation, it was later confirmed to be Louisville.
In August, Tom Jurich announced that Louisville had signed a deal worth $US160 million over 10 years, one of college basketball’s most expensive sponsorship deals to date. Adidas previously had a five-year, $US39 million sponsorship deal with the school.
The FBI arrested 10 people on charges of fraud and corruption in men’s college basketball on Tuesday. The Department of Justice announced that assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, USC, and Oklahoma State had been arrested along with managers, financial advisers, and representatives of Adidas.
A spokesperson for Adidas told Business Insider in a statement: “We became aware yesterday of the allegations and intend to cooperate with the relevant authorities … In all aspects of our business, adidas is committed to compliance and ethical business practices.”
The spokesperson added: “It’s company policy not to disclose who does or does not work for adidas.”
Men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino was also placed on administrative leave on Wednesday. According to Kent Taylor of WAVE-TV, Tom Jurich was told to fire Pitino. When Jurich refused, he too was placed on leave.
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