It’s been a whirlwind last 72 hours for the Louisville basketball team. One moment, they were learning of FBI fraud allegations against the program that effectively saw coach Rick Pitino, fired. The next, former Cardinal standout David Padgett was being introduced as the program’s interim head coach in a Friday press conference.
On Saturday, the team made their first public appearance since the events during the Louisville-Murray State football game, and were greeted warmly.
Louisville introduces the men's basketball team at halftime, and the crowd gives a standing ovation.
— Jake Lourim (@jakelourim) September 30, 2017
The timing of the FBI’s investigation and Pitino’s subsequent dismissal was even more shocking given the timing of when it happened. Preseason practices at a number of university campuses began this weekend or will start Monday, with Louisville opening their practice schedule under Padgett on Sunday.
All eyes will be on Louisville to see how they adjust to everything that has happened this week. They went 25-9 en route to a second-place finish in the ACC last year, but served a self-imposed postseason ban as part of sanctions from the sex scandal a few years prior. What will the 2017-2018 season hold for them on the court? Only time will tell.
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