With Rick Pitino on leave, assistant David Padgett to be Louisville interim head coach
Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was removed from his job earlier this week
Louisville has promoted David Padgett from assistant to interim head coach -- meaning he'll spend this season in charge of the Cardinals' basketball program that's reeling from a scandal that resulted in Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino being removed from his job earlier this week.
Pitino is technically on administrative leave.
But a source told CBS Sports he will never coach Louisville again.
Pitino has denied any wrongdoing. But his insistence that he knew nothing about the allegations that led to his removal is being met with skepticism now that released Tuesday by the Justice Department. "Coach-2" is referenced nine times in the document -- including once when Christian Dawkins, a sports agent at the root of parts of this scandal that's touched at least eight programs so far, is quoted as saying he had "spoken with Coach-2 about getting additional money for Player-10's family," and that he'd told Coach-2 he needs "to call Jim Gatto, who's the head of everything" at Adidas.
Player-10 has been identified as Louisville freshman Brian Bowen. The criminal complaint states that Gatto conspired to funnel approximately $100,000 from Adidas to Bowen's family in exchange for the five-star prospect's commitment to Louisville, which has a $160 million apparel deal with the international shoe company. The criminal complaint also states that Gatto and Pitino spoke on the day Bowen enrolled at Louisville. Gatto was arrested Tuesday.
Brad Augustine was among those also arrested Tuesday.
He's a grassroots basketball coach in Florida who is quoted in the criminal complaint as saying he expects Adidas to help fund payments to one of his player's family because "no one swings a bigger dick than [Coach-2]" at Adidas. "All [Coach-2] has to do is pick up the phone and call somebody [and say], 'These are my guys.' [And then] they're taking care of us."
Padgett is a 32-year-old former Louisville player who has been on Pitino's staff since 2014. Initially, he was the program's director of basketball operations. But he was promoted to a full-time assistant in March 2015. And now he's taking over a team that's ranked sixth in the.
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