Louisville president Neeli Bendapudi announced Friday the school will strip the Papa John’s name from its football stadium, renaming it Cardinal Stadium.
John Schnatter, the pizza chain founder, admitted earlier this week that he used the N-word during an internal conference call. Since then, the fallout has been swift: Schnatter resigned from the school’s board of trustees and as Papa John’s chairman.
Bendapudi told reporters in Louisville on Thursday that the school would be evaluating the naming rights deal for the football stadium. Her announcement Friday comes after several football players said on Twitter they want to see the stadium renamed.
The naming rights deal for the football stadium is unique, because the school’s deal is with Schnatter, not the Papa John’s brand. The deal provides that if he leaves the company, Schnatter can rename the building. His current deal with the university runs through 2040.