UofL BASKETBALL | Update on employment of Jordan Fair and Kenny Johnson

10/04/2017 05:35 PM

Louisville basketball assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair are still employed by the university at this time, but are not currently involved in basketball operations according to acting U of L Athletics Director, Vince Tyra.

The two coaches are not on hand to help acting head coach David Padgett with team practices or individual instruction. The reason being the university is still evaluating their employment in the wake of an FBI investigation into wire fraud and money laundering in college basketball recruiting.

Neither Fair nor Johnson was named in the FBI complaint, and neither were one of the 10 people listed in the complaint as being charged with any crimes.

Tyra stated at his 2:45 p.m. ET press conference on Wednesday that evaluating Fair and Johnson’s employment with U of L was one of his top priorities. He stressed wanting to get a team around Padgett.

The same investigation led to Rick Pitino being place on unpaid administrative leave. The U of L athletic board has since voted to begin the process of terminating Pitino’s contract.

The wake of the investigation announcement has also caused a major downturn in U of L recruiting. Both of Louisville basketball’s top-50 pledges for the 2018 class have backed out of their verbal commitments for next season, and the team’s lone 2019 commitment in David Johnson has also reopened his recruitment.

So a big question going forward is what will sustain the long-term success of a program that is considered a blue-blood in college basketball. David Padgett was asked if he has even had an chance to think about recruiting in the wake of taking the head coaching job.

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