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Louisville AD Tom Jurich, linked to Texas, said Cardinals gig 'best job in college sports'

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says he's happy staying with the university as long they'll have him. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Louisville fans are already concerned about the possibility of Texas plucking Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich, but he is reiterating to local media outlets he is happy at Louisville.

Speaking to WAVE 3 on Wednesday evening, Jurich said he would like to remain at the school for as long as the university will have him.

"I've always said the grass is extremely green in Louisville, Kentucky, and I mean that, because I've seen a lot of my colleagues around the country in my position go take other jobs that's supposed to be bigger, better, and they're not," Jurich said. "I think I have the best job in college sports, and I want to stay here as long as everybody will have me."

When Texas and former athletic director Steve Patterson parted ways Sept. 15, sources told ESPN's Brett McMurphy that Jurich was among the early candidates to patrol the Longhorns' athletic department.

Jurich's success at Louisville, which includes major facility renovations and entry into the ACC, has kept his name in the rumor mill when major jobs open. Louisville has been proactive in keeping Jurich, in his 17th year at the school. Jurich told the Courier-Journal recently he and his family "treasure" his position leading Cardinals athletics.

The Cardinals became a consistent top-25 program under Jurich, who hired Bobby Petrino twice and Charlie Strong, the Longhorns' current coach.

"I don't look for other jobs," Jurich told the Courier-Journal recently. "I'm not interested in moving. I don't want to move."