With departure of Louisville President Neeli Bendapudi, AD Vince Tyra could stay, FSU out

After three years as the University of Louisville’s president, Neeli Bendapudi will leave the school and become the next president at Penn State. Bendapudi arrived at Louisville (from Kansas) in 2018; she was hired to replace former president  James Ramsey.

In may ways, this development is significant. The timing is almost unbelievable, too.

Over the last few days, there’s been a back-and-forth between Vince Tyra, Louisville’s athletic director, and Florida State. Initially, Tyra seemed likely to leave for FSU — mere days after his decision to retain football coach Scott Satterfield.

That was complicated, however, due to a non-compete clause in Tyra’s contract. Back on Monday night, Louisville held a Board of Trustees meeting to discuss personnel matters. The non-compete clause in Tyra’s contract pertained to other ACC programs. Essentially, this meant that for Tyra to  to accept the FSU job, Louisville’s Board of Trustees would have to waive the clause.

During another Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, the clause was waived; the path for Tyra to Tallahassee was clear.

Now, however, the departure of Bendapudi from Louisville may actually change the decision-making process for Tyra. The relationship between Bendapudi and Tyra was strained — and possibly why the AD was looking for a road out of town.

According to Louisville report Rick Bozich, a source informed him that — for now — Tyra remains at Louisville, and this most recent development could cause Tyra to remain at Louisville.


Update: 10:19 a.m.

According to Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, Tyra will no longer consider the Florid State job. Tyra may stat Louisville; however, he could also leave college athletics entirely and return to working in the private sector.


Update: 11:35 a.m.

Vince Tyra is now reportedly unlikely to return to Louisville. There’s never a dull moment with the Cardinals.