David Padgett Out As Louisville Coach

David Padgett Out As Louisville Coach

He took over during incredible circumstances, has handled himself respectfully throughout the season and I believe he has a bright future in coaching.

Despite coaching admirably through the chaos, Louisville missing the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006, excluding their self-imposed ban from the 2015 tournament, doomed Padgett, who was already coaching on a one-year contract.

"I knew this was going to be a one-year deal".

Padgett, 33, said he's not sure what's next for him but he wants to continue coaching.

The Cardinals finished 22-14 under Padgett.

"Obviously I'd like to be the head coach here for the rest of my life", Padgett said.

Last September, two other U of L assistants and Pitino were alluded to, but not named, in a federal indictment. He then went back to Louisville where he served as director of basketball operations before becoming an assistant in 2016. Allegations against Louisville included payments of $100,000 to the family of Brian Bowen to sign with the Cardinals.

The Cardinals began the season as a top 25 team, but in October, Pitino was sacked, five-star freshman Brian Bowen was suspended in connection to the FBI investigation and they finished the season 22-14, on the outside looking in at The Big Dance. Bowen eventually transferred to SC in January. He also praised Cardinals players for dealing with a series of incidents, from the initial investigation and Pitino's firing to the removal of the program's 2013 NCAA championship banner as part of sanctions for an escort scandal. "I don't have any regrets about how anything went this year, but one regret I have is that I didn't get these seniors a chance to play in the tournament". "And for them to be able to conduct themselves the way they did makes me feel like I did things the right way by them".

During a post-game press conference on Tuesday night, Padgett said he's going to take some time to reflect on the last six months.

Padgett thanked many people including his wife, Megan.

Vince Tyra, Louisville's interim athletics director, said he expected to determine a new head coach in a "short period".

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