Reports: U of L to name Heird permanent athletic director | Sports

LOUISVILLE — The Tom Jurich-returns-to-Louisville movement can be put to rest, but the proponents of that scenario are getting the next-best thing — a Jurich disciple.

Josh Heird will be named Louisville’s permanent athletic director, according to multiple reports.

The University of Louisville is set to name Josh Heird as permanent athletic director, according to multiple reports .

U of L has “locked in” on Heird as a permanent replacement, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde posted to Twitter on Wednesday, adding that the announcement could come this week. U of L officials have not confirmed the reports.

U of L spokesman John Karman said in a text regarding the reports that the university has not made a hire. Interim president Lori Gonzalez and the university “have committed to a process,” he texted, and the school will “make an announcement at the conclusion of that process.”

On May 12, U of L hired search firm Collegiate Sports Associates to aid in potential candidates. Forde’s report said the school interviewed multiple other candidates, all sitting ADs, before deciding on Heird.

Heird has been serving as Louisville’s AD since Dec. 13, when he was named the interim replacement for Vince Tyra, who resigned Dec. 8.

Heird originally was hired by former AD Jurich in 2007 as an assistant AD for championships and facilities and stayed in that job until 2019 when he left for Villanova as associate AD for internal operations and finance. In 2018 he moved to assistant AD for championships and facilities. He returned to Louisville as deputy AD in 2019.

During his time as interim AD at U of L, Heird has dealt with two major events — the separation agreement between the school and former basketball coach Chris Mack and the hiring of his replacement, Kenny Payne. The hiring of Payne, a former Cardinal, was overwhelmingly popular.

Heird was straightforward about his desire to remain at U of L in a permanent position.

“I do want to be an athletic director,” he said in December. “I don’t want to be an interim athletic director, so I think those can merge as far as making sure we are doing what needs to be done for the department and then if that opportunity comes to be named the permanent athletic director, awesome, right?”