David Padgett out as UofL basketball coach

David Padgett (Source: Kendrick Haskins, WAVE 3 News)
David Padgett (Source: Kendrick Haskins, WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018 at 5:54 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man who served as interim head coach of the University of Louisville men's basketball team during a season of turmoil will not be continuing with the school.

The university issued a statement announcing that David Padgett would not be retained as head coach just before a hastily called news conference Wednesday afternoon.

"He's got a terrific future ahead of him," UofL Interim Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said. "He'll always be a part of this program. But today, we are going in a different direction."

Padgett, 33, who played for the Cardinals under Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino, was named to lead the team on Sept. 29, -- three days before the start of practice -- after Pitino was fired by the university for his alleged involvement in a federal investigation into recruiting violations. Padgett was working under a one-year contract.

"I knew this was going to be a one-year deal," he said. "I signed a one-year contract."

The Cardinals finished 22-14 under Padgett. The season ended Tuesday night in the quarterfinal-round loss to Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of National Invitation Tournament.

Speculation has swirled for months -- even a couple of years -- that Xavier coach Chris Mack would be the next UofL coach. Tyra said Wednesday that he hopes to have a new coach named quickly, perhaps "in a week to 10 days."

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