The previous UofL males’s basketball participant wrote a letter to the college’s president Dr. Neeli Bendapudi criticizing the varsity’s remedy of Black males.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former All-American and Corridor of Famer Alfred “Butch” Beard is looking for the College of Louisville to take away his identify and accomplishments from the varsity.
Beard, who joined the UofL males’s basketball staff in 1965, wrote a letter to the college’s president Dr. Neeli Bendapudi criticizing the varsity’s remedy of Black males – from hiring practices to honoring African-American athletes, just like the late Wes Unseld.
“Given the shortage of acknowledgement to the legacy of former black gamers and the shortage of dedication in variety hiring I’m asking the college to take away my identify and accomplishments from any current or future point out,” Beard wrote, partly.
Learn Beard’s full letter under:
Beard mentioned the college must do a greater job of mentoring its pupil athletes and hiring head coaches the athletes can open up to on and off the courtroom.
“The college has been remiss and negligent in its hiring practices throughout the athletic division. No black position fashions exist for the scholar athletes enjoying males’s basketball or soccer,” Beard wrote.
Simmons School Males’s Basketball Head Coach and former UofL males’s basketball participant Jerry Eaves mentioned Beard and Unseld had been trailblazers.
“This system was this system when Wes Unseld after which Butch Beard stepped on campus. That was the rocket that put U of L the place it’s right this moment. These are the 2 individuals that actually attracted the standard of somebody like Denny Crum to return to Louisville,” Eaves mentioned. “He and Wes Unseld are the rationale why Louisville’s obtained all that it has. No query in my thoughts.”
However when Unseld handed, Eaves mentioned there was a “lack of curiosity from the College of Louisville.”
“It’s totally disappointing the varsity wouldn’t perceive that these are individuals the youthful gamers coming via ought to know and observe, we shouldn’t should ask,” Eaves mentioned.
“To be direct, it was homegrown black Kentuckians that modified the historical past of the basketball program. I discover it onerous to consider that the college hasn’t deemed it essential to honor Wes Unseld,” Beard wrote.
He went on to say, “The college’s dedication to younger black males is way from what it ought to appear like in 2021.”
Eaves echoed a few of Beard’s written sentiments, saying he felt Beard’s “ache.”
“The College of Louisville appears to not perceive that it is extra than simply enjoying. there must be different alternatives they usually should been bestowed upon loads of the nice athletes which have made the college the college that it’s,” Eaves mentioned. “There’s a main difficulty on the subject of positions of energy on the College of Louisville that must be addressed and it hasn’t been and that’s why Coach Beard wrote the letter that he did.”
“It is actually disappointing, I feel he’s most likely the primary participant that I do know that has ever requested for this to occur at every other college,” Eaves went on.
Bendapudi responded to the letter saying she and UofL’s Athletic Director Vince Tyra are dedicated to altering the narrative:
“I deeply admire the heartfelt letter from Mr. Beard. He’s a Cardinal legend and can all the time be remembered for his many accomplishments on the courtroom and within the classroom. Mr. Beard rightly factors out that previously, the college might not have all the time lived as much as its duty to supply an equal alternative to Black candidates looking for jobs on the highest ranges of our athletic division. I can say with complete confidence that Vince and I are dedicated to altering that narrative. Our purpose is for the College of Louisville to realize its full potential as an antiracist college. That implies that no job candidate ought to ever have a bonus (or drawback) in the course of the hiring course of primarily based on their race.
Eaves mentioned Wednesday Beard and Dr. Bendapudi had been scheduled to talk on Beard’s letter. UofL’s Spokesman mentioned the dialog was “non-public” and he did not know the main points of how the dialog went.