Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday amid an FBI investigation, effectively ending his tenure.
Plenty of names have emerged to be the next Cardinals' coach. Interim President Greg Postel said the school would have an interim athletic director and coach in place in perhaps the next 48 hours.
One five-star point guard, Courtney Ramey, has already de-committed, and more recruits could follow his lead.
"We were all set to go to Louisville and play for coach Pitino and play in the ACC. We thought it was a perfect fit, but due to the circumstances we are going to open it," Ramey said.
When it comes to knowing who the next Louisville head coach will be, and how they'll impact recruiting, you need to hear what CardinalsAuthority.com's Jody Demling has to say.
Demling has been covering Louisville's athletic program for the last 25 years and already has 10 candidates he's eyeing. Some are obvious. Some are complete surprises.
One Louisville coaching candidate Demling has identified: David Padgett. The former Louisville standout was on Rick Pitino's staff as a full-time assistant coach for the past two seasons. He would keep the continuity of the program and give current players a familiar face. Padgett has not been linked to any of the current controversies.
Another suitor: Tom Crean. Demling has heard Crean's ties to Louisville are "legit." He's available right now to coach, has ties to the Midwest, and could even keep Padgett on staff.
One shocker: Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne. The former Louisville player is a longtime assistant for John Calipari. Demling knows Payne is a long shot, but he certainly would create a stir.
Demling has also identified a coach with over 200 career wins who would create quite a buzz if he came to Louisville. He'd need a guarantee of a long-term position in order to leave his current job.
So who will be Louisville's next head coach? Visit CardinalAuthority.com now to get all of the fallout from Rick Pitino being placed on leave, plus find out what 200-win coach could be headed to Louisville, all from the man who's covered the Cardinals for 25 years, and find out.