Louisville has made a decision on the future of interim coach David Padgett

After just one season, Louisville is going in a different direction, with former interim coach David Padgett set to explore other head coaching opportunities, according to Evan Daniels from 247Sports.

The announcement comes after Louisville missed the NCAA Tournament and players voted to not play in the NIT Tournament. Ultimately the Cardinals were knocked out of the tournament by Mississippi State and Xavier’s Chris Mack was speculated as a potential successor for Padgett.

Rumors only heated up after Louisville’s interim athletic director reportedly met with Mack.

Padgett was officially announced as Louisville’s coach after being it was rumored he was offered a six-month contract. The move came after the school dismissed former coach Rick Pitino.

Under Padgett, Louisville went 22-14 and 9-9 in ACC play. While every loss certainly affected their NCAA Tournament standing, three consecutive losses from late January to early February against No. 2 Virginia, Florida State and Syracuse (all tournament teams) doomed the Cardinals.

After winning its opening ACC Tournament game against Florida State, the Cardinals lost to No. 1 Virginia, 75-58.

Louisville beat No. 7 Northern Kentucky and No. 3 Middle Tennessee in the first two rounds of the NIT Tournament before losing to No. 4 Mississippi State.

Padgett began his college career at Kansas but transferred to Louisville after one season. He played for the Cardinals from 2005-2008.

After a brief professional career overseas, Padgett returned to Louisville for the 2010-11 season as the team’s assistant strength coach. He served as a full-time assistant at IUPUI for three seasons and then returned to Louisville, where he served as the team’s director of basketball operations for two seasons. Padgett was promoted to assistant coach after the 2015-16 season.

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