David Padgett has been named interim men’s basketball head coach of the University of Louisville.
The announcement comes two days after coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid leave after revelations that U of L coaches and a player are tied to an alleged bribery scheme.
Padgett has been an assistant coach at U of L. He was given a six-month deal.
Padgett played for Pitino and the Cardinals from 2005 to 2008 and is a former McDonald’s All-American. He joined the coaching staff in 2014 and became assistant coach in 2015.
On Sept. 28 several national media outlets reported that Pitino was “Coach-2” in the federal criminal complaint alleging a widespread bribery scheme in college basketball. The bribery investigation involves the Adidas apparel company.
U of L Athletic director Tom Jurich was placed on paid administrative leave pending a vote by the board of trustees to determine his future at the school.