“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.