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Pitino maintains innocence in interview with ESPN analyst Bilas, says board action was hasty

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A defiant Rick Pitino spoke candidly with ESPN’s Jay Bilas in a taped interviewed aired late Wednesday night. It was the first public comment for the Hall of Fame coach since being fired Monday as the University of Louisville basketball coach after a 16-year tenure that included winning the 2013 national championship. Louisville has been named as part of the FBI’s...

Padgett adds veteran Johnson to the bench as newest member of Louisville’s basketball staff

Trent Johnson, who has 36 years of coaching experience including 17 years as a head coach at four collegiate programs, has joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach. “Coach Johnson is highly experienced,” said UofL Acting head coach David Padgett. “I’ve personally known him for a long time. He was the head coach at Nevada when his son and I played...

Jamie Vaught: College basketball yearbooks agree — Cal’s Cats will open the season ranked No. 6

As you know, when October rolls around, it’s basketball time in Kentucky. That means the college basketball yearbooks are out, too, and they are forecasting a banner year for the Wildcats this winter. All three publications — Athlon Sports, Lindy’s Sports and Street & Smith’s — have picked Kentucky’s men squad at the same spot — No. 6 — in their preseason rankings....

UofL president Postel charges Pitino with pattern of bad behavior in letter outlining ouster

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today The University of Louisville took another step toward firing head basketball coach Rick Pitino this week with a letter from interim president Greg Postel informing the coach that two recent scandals show a pattern of “inappropriate behavior” and violations of his employment contact that would justify his dismissal for cause. Postel’s registered letter...

Padgett settling into interim coaching role at Louisville, may get assistance from Crum

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today David Padgett walked into the media room at the Yum! Center and settled his 6-foot-11 frame into a chair for his first press conference after four practice sessions as interim head coach. Then, trying to speak, the Cardinals’ interim head basketball coach coughed and cleared his throat. “Now I know why coach Pitino wore a microphone at practice,” he said. If...

Following ‘dark week,’ new Louisville coach Padgett vows to move forward, get team back to work

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today University of Louisville assistant coach David Padgett was named the Cardinals’ acting head coach for the 2017-18 season, as reported earlier by Kentucky Today, to replace Rick Pitino, who has essentially been fired. The announcement was made by UofL interim president Greg Postel at a press conference late Friday afternoon. At 32, Padgett becomes one of the youngest...

Cardinals’ assistant Padgett gets six-month contract to serve as acting head men’s basketball coach

David Padgett, a member of the University of Louisville basketball staff for the last three years and a former three-year starter at center for the Cardinals, has been named as acting head men’s basketball coach at UofL. Padgett was UofL’s director of basketball operations for two seasons (2014-16) before his move to an assistant coaching position in 2016. He becomes just the third head coach for...

Sea of scandals finally engulfed Pitino, forced Louisville administration into action

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The ground has been sinking from Rick Pitino’s feet for some time. We all knew it. We saw it. We didn’t want to believe it. But now we do. It all caved in on him Wednesday, buried in a scandal this time of which it appears there’s no escape. Interim President Gregory Postel put him on unpaid administrative leave and that’s just a precursor to the university ending...

Louisville places Pitino, Jurich on administrative leave in wake of federal bribery allegations

University of Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and long-time athletics director Tom Jurich have been placed on administrative leave following allegations of bribery resulting from an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District office in New York and the FBI. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon during a news conference conducted by Louisville interim...

Still reeling from sex scandal and NCAA probation, things get worse for Louisville basketball

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for the beleaguered University of Louisville basketball program. . . U of L, still reeling from NCAA penalties because of sex parties and facing the prospect of having to vacate its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four, could now be dealing with a much more serious issue. Coaches for a school that appears to...

Louisville among college basketball programs accused of bribery in wake of FBI investigation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today NEW YORK – The University of Louisville basketball program is apparently named in a federal criminal complaint, alleging a bribery scheme involving coaches, advisors and agents, along with a major sports apparel company. Four assistant college coaches are among 10 charged in the complaint, which was unveiled on Tuesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern...

Louisville finalizes game times, broadcast details for 2017-18 men’s basketball schedule

Additional game times and television designations have been added to complete the 2017-18 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule. Since the initial schedule release on Sept. 7, seven game times have been added and television designations included. A pair of home games were selected to be televised by the ACC’s group of regional sports networks (RSN), including Nov. 12 vs....

Season tickets for Louisville men’s basketball 21-game home schedule now available

Season tickets for the University of Louisville’s 2017-18 21-game home men’s basketball schedule in the KFC Yum! Center are now available for purchase. The Cardinals enter their eighth season in the spectacular 22,000-seat arena with five of their top eight scorers returning from a year ago when UofL posted a 25-9 record, tied for second in the ACC and earned a No. 10 ranking in the final Associated...

Cardinals’ men’s basketball schedule filled with teams from 2017 NCAA Tournament field

Appearances in three special early season events, at least 19 games on national television and 21 home games in the KFC Yum! Center highlight the demanding 2017-18 University of Louisville men’s basketball schedule during its fourth season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. A total of 21 of the Cardinals’ 31 games will be played against teams that participated in post-season competition...

Former Louisville basketball coach Crum hospitalized in Alaska following mild stroke

Former Louisville basketball coach Denny Crum was hospitalized in Alaska on Wednesday after having a mild stroke, WFPL reported Thursday. Denny Crum Crum, 80, was fishing when the incident occurred, his wife, WFPL radio host Susan Sweeney Crum, told the radio station. He was taken to Providence Hospital in Anchorage where WFPL reported Crum is “doing well” and undergoing tests. Crum was...

NCAA lowers the boom on UofL basketball program; vacating 2013 national championship a possibility

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — If University of Louisville fans want to get one last look at the Cardinals’ 2013 NCAA championship and the 2012 Final Four banners that are hanging in the KFC Yum! Center, maybe a tour of the facility this summer would be in order. Because the banners might not be there by the time the 2017-18 season gets underway. That is the worst-case...

Cards’ 2018 prospects get a big boost from Adel’s decision to ditch NBA draft, Pitino says

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — What does the return of Deng Adel for his junior season mean for the University of Louisville basketball team? Plenty, especially with the loss of sophomore Donovan Mitchell, who decided to stay in the NBA draft and hired an agent. Adel now becomes the centerpiece of the Cardinals’ 2017-18 club, whose strong returning nucleus will undoubtedly...

Louisville junior forward Johnson giving up eligibility to enter upcoming NBA Draft

University of Louisville junior forward Jaylen Johnson will forego his final collegiate season, hire an agent and seek a career in professional basketball. “After a lengthy conversation with Coach P I have decided to hire an agent and forego my senior year,” said Johnson. “I will miss my teammates and coaches, but it is really important that I help out my mom and family. I’m...

NCAA stands by allegations that Louisville’s Pitino should have known about improper activity

The NCAA is standing by its allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program and Rick Pitino, saying the coach failed to notice “red flags” in activities by a former staffer who an escort says hired dancers for sex parties with recruits and players. “If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee’s interactions with then prospective and current...

Looking Ahead: Mitchell’s return could be a key for Cards as plenty of veterans, top recruits raise hopes

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — Donovan Mitchell sat in front of his locker in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis Sunday afternoon patiently answering questions while trying to process the fact that Louisville’s college basketball season had ended three games short of its NCAA Final Four goal. “This hurts. This sucks,” Mitchell said. “We...