UofL Basketball | Padgett will not continue as Louisville's head coach

03/21/2018 03:10 PM

University of Louisville has announced that interim head coach David Padgett will not continue with the men’s basketball program.

Padgett publicly announced the news during a press conference on Wednesday, one day after the team’s loss to Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Padgett took on the head coaching role earlier this season following the firing of former head coach Rick Pitino.

“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to David for his leadership and poise this season,” said UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. “He took over during incredible circumstances, has handled himself respectfully throughout the season and I believe he has a bright future in coaching. We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”

Padgett said the decision was made in the best interest of the program and that he not only understands the decision but appreciates the opportunity to lead the Cardinals.

Just hours after Padgett addressed the media, Interim Athletic Director Vince Tyra discussed Padgett and the program moving forward.

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