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NCAA Coaching Carousel: Louisville Reportedly Set To Introduce Kenny Payne Equally Basketball Coach Friday

Louisville is set to innovate Kenny Payne as its new head men’s basketball coach on Friday awaiting board approval, according to Jon Rothstein of

The school appear Wednesday it “will make a special announcement regarding its men’s basketball program on Friday.”

Louisville fired Chris Mack in January, like-minded to pay him a $4.viii million buyout, and Mike Pegues had served as the acting head coach.

Payne, 55, played at Louisville from 1985-89 and was a fellow member of the 1986 national championship team under autobus Denny Crum. He and then played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 1989-93 earlier inbound into coaching at the college ranks beginning at Oregon in 2004. Payne spent 10 years on John Calipari’s staff at Kentucky from 2010-xx, helping Calipari recruit a slew of 1-and-dones and McDonald’south All-Americans while winning the 2012 NCAA title.

Knicks autobus Tom Thibodeau said in Jan Payne would be “a bully fit” at Louisville.

“I think (Payne) has neat comfort in the college game considering of the neat success that they had at Kentucky,” Thibodeau said then. “I recall for him, the Louisville chore is obviously appealing because information technology’s his alma mater.”

Payne is now in his 2nd flavor on Thibodeau’south staff for the Knicks.

“He’southward come up into the league; he played in the league,” Thibodeau said. “And manifestly having been in college, he studies the game, great with players. Just he’s fit in seamlessly.”

He added: “He’d be ideal for (Louisville). He’s strong on both sides of the ball, he’southward stiff with individual development. And he’due south been around. He brings a lot of experience to any state of affairs that he goes to.”

On ESPN’southward College GameDay in January, both Seth Greenberg and former Notre Dame star LaPhonso Ellis also endorsed Payne, with Greenberg saying they should hire him “now” and make him an interim coach who doesn’t actually take over until the 2022-23 season.

“It’s real simple, go and rent Kenny Payne,” Greenberg said. “He understands the business of college basketball game, tin can build a span between the community and the University, build that bridge dorsum. NBA pedigree, terrific double-decker, terrific communicator. And hire him now, not in March, not in April. Get ahead of the recruiting cycle today, hire him today, rent him tomorrow if he would take the task and treat him like an interim coach…”

Greenberg compared it to hiring a football coach ahead of a basin game where the new autobus “hires a staff, handles recruiting and tries to build back the plan from point one. He oversees the program.”

Ellis added, “I recollect Kenny Payne’south the guy. I’ve gotten a risk to run into him first-hand collaborate with his guys and if y’all think of the number of guys that he’s been able to recruit to Kentucky, I call back he’ll hit the ground running immediately being able to recruit elite talent.”

Ellis also casually threw out that hiring Payne “could help [Louisville] get the No. i histrion in the 2023 course, Milt Wagner’southward grandson [D.J. Wagner]” even though Kentucky is thought to be a heavy favorite for the Camden Loftier School star, with Memphis and Villanova amid those also involved.

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