Louisville names Padgett as interim coach for men's basketball team

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - The University of Louisville has named an interim head basketball coach for the men's team.

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They made the announcement on Friday afternoon that David Padgett will temporarily take reigns of the program. He is filling in for Rick Pitino who is currently on unpaid administrative leave following a federal investigation implicating coaches for the team may have been involved in a recruiting scandal. Padgett was an assistant coach under Pitino. He also played at the University of Louisville.

"It's been a dark week at the University of Louisville," Padgett said. But he also said he is looking forward to moving ahead with his team.

"Me doing this is for them. I want to do this for these players," he added. "These kids deserve it. "

Padgett is handling the day to day operations of the team. He says he will focus on finding a staff once the university puts an interim athletics director in place.



 
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