The University of Louisville has named assistant David Padgett as the interim replacement for men's basketball coach Rick Pitino, staying in-house to maintain continuity in the wake of a nationwide federal investigation of college basketball.
University interim President Greg Postel announced the appointment Friday, two days after Pitino was placed on unpaid administrative leave in the wake of the school's acknowledgment of its involvement in a federal bribery investigation. Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave.
Padgett is 32 years old and coming off his first season as an assistant following two seasons as Louisville's director of basketball operations. A three-year starting forward with the Cardinals under Pitino, he has worked extensively with their frontcourt players while learning the ropes on the bench from his mentor.
The 6-foot-11 Padgett has also been Louisville's strength coach (2010-11) in a career including three years as an IUPUI assistant.