David Padgett Not Returning As Louisville Head Coach

David Padgett, who took over as Louisville’s interim head coach after Rick Pitino was fired following an FBI investigation into the NCAA, is not going to be retained, according to a report from ESPN.

“I don’t live in a bubble,” Padgett said during a news conference held on Wednesday.

“I know the chatter about what was going on. It wasn’t a surprise. … You know it’s coming. Until you actually hear it, it’s hard to set in. I’m going to walk out of this room and hold my head high because I gave this program and these players everything I had.”

“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to David for his leadership and poise this season,” interim athletic director Vince Tyra said in a release. “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.”

Xavier’s Chris Mack is considered to be the front-runner for the permanent gig.

“I gotta focus on what’s next for me,” Padgett said. “Right now I don’t have an answer for that.”

Padgett has been linked to head coaching jobs with Missouri State, Eastern Kentucky, Little Rock and Utah State.

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