Pitino Is "Coach-2" In College Basketball Scandal

Considering Louisville his home, Padgett says he is confident that the city will rally around the players this season. "It's a very tumultuous time".

Federal law enforcement officials at the FBI's field office in Omaha said they would not comment on the investigation. He also commended suspended Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, calling him the best AD in the country.

Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person has been arrested as part of an Federal Bureau of Investigation corruption sting involving the world of college basketball recruiting. The complaint does not name the player, but it is believed he is freshmen Brian Bowen.

"Well, there's a lot of different variables that go on that a lot of people don't really necessarily know how it works", he said.

After Postel introduced Padgett, the interim president did not take any questions.

"I can't say I'm totally surprised", Byrd said.

"After the Louisville assistant left the hotel room, Dawkins and the others discussed the payment plan to the first recruit's family", Schlabach reports. A three-year starting forward with the Cardinals under Pitino, he has worked extensively with frontcourt players.

Pitino has survived several scandals at the school, including the infamous one involving strippers who were hired by a former assistant to lure recruits. "They're here to play basketball".

Hawkins said,"It definitely with all the talk and all the chatter, just about the school itself, I definitely feel like my degree versus somebody else who's from United Kingdom or the University of Alabama, those are worth more, I'll be put to the side, like my resume".

That will be one of many challenges Padgett faces as he replaces his mentor, a Hall of Famer.

Although Pitino isn't officially out of a job yet, his attorney, Steve Pence, told the Louisville Courier-Journal that the school had "effectively fired" the coach by putting him on unpaid leave.

Executive Director Jim Haney said Wednesday that the allegations of recruiting improprieties at seven universities "have shaken the game and the coaching profession to the core".

  • Salvatore Jensen