Interim UofL coach to be named Friday

Interim UofL coach to be named Friday

Interim UofL coach to be named Friday

Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said he had no idea head basketball coach Rick Pitino was the now-infamous "Coach 2" in the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that revealed a pay-for-play scandal that has rocked the NCAA.

Padgett was Louisville's director of basketball operations for two seasons (2014-16) before he became an assistant coach in 2016.

Pitino has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by Louisville, whose board of trustees is likely to fire the coach with cause for his part in a recruiting scandal that has swept college basketball.

Buckner said the burden also falls on school compliance staffers to go back and review the recruitment of high-profile prospects who have arrived on campus or any other athletes with connections to the people named in the criminal complaints.

Players previously had backed Padgett as the replacement for Pitino when they held a meeting on Wednesday after a workout.

He said he and the rest of his family are there for his Dad.

After four days of scandal and heartbreak, Louisville is now leaning on David Padgett to lead the Cardinals.

Mahmoud said the team, which will start practice this weekend, does not feel embittered toward Bowen.

"I think it's bad and good", Richard Pitino said Friday.

Forward Deng Adel said Padgett has a great history with the team.

If he is coach #2, it doesn't matter what type of hires he was HIM.

"This is Louisville", Padgett said, "it is a top five program and I'm trying to keep its reputation intact as much as possible". The University took the action they thought was necessary and I will do the same.

Pitino said his family will get through things together. It is alleged that Pitino helped facilitate money going from Bowen and his family to convince him to sign with Louisville.

Pitino has also continued to maintain he has done nothing wrong - saying "the rush to judgment is regrettable" in a statement issued Wednesday through his attorney.

In a Friday statement, Pitino denied any knowledge of a six-figure payment to Bowen, whom teammates said remains on campus.

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