Louisville assistant coach David Padgett has been promoted to interim head coach in the wake of the suspension of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.
The move to elevate Padgett was officially confirmed Friday afternoon in a press conference at Louisville's Bigelow Hall.
"We are excited to announce David Padgett as the interim head men's basketball coach at the University of Louisville," interim President Greg Postel said.
A former three-year starter at Louisville, the 7-footer helped lead Louisville to the Elite Eight in 2008. After a stint in professional basketball, Padgett was an assistant coach at IUPUI for three seasons (2011-14) before joining Louisville's staff as Director of Basketball Operations.
"I'm just focused on these kids and making sure they have a great season," Padgett explained, declining to comment on many of the other issues he was asked about including staff appointments and the ongoing FBI investigation into the program.
Padgett was an assistant coach last season for the Cardinals, and was the players' clear favorite to win the interim job.
"I know as a former player that when you step up and talk to a coach, it comes from the heart, and so I know it came from their heart."
PADGETT AS A CARDINAL
The Reno, Nev., native was a three-year starter after transferring to Louisville from Kansas. A unanimous first team All-Big East selection as a senior, Padgett averaged 11.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per game his senior season.
Padgett ranks second in career field goal percentage at U of L, hitting 61.3 percent of his shots (332-542). His .667 field goal percentage as a senior was the second best ever at U of L.