Louisville interim athletic director Vince Tyra held a press conference today, where he addressed the status of assistant basketball coaches Jordan Fair and Kenny Johnson. Tyra said that as of now, Fair and Johnson were still employed by the school, but “not active.” They have not attended practices or workouts since the college basketball corruption scandal news broke last Tuesday.
Louisville, which has been determined to be University 6 in the report, had two coaches involved according to court documents – Coach 2, who is believed to be former head coach Rick Pitino, and coach 1, whose identity has not been confirmed or released.
Johnson, who is the associate head coach, joined Pitino’s staff back in 2014. He had previously served as an assistant at Indiana, and Towson. Johnson also spent six seasons working as the vice president/assistant director of basketball operations for Team Takeover AAU (DC). Fair was elevated to assistant coach back in March after spending last season as a program assistant. Before joining the Cardinal’s staff, he was the head boys coach at Oldsmar Christian School (2012-16) in Tampa.
Since assistant coach David Padgett was elevated to interim head coach last Friday, he has been on his own without assistant coaches, but has leaned on his father Pete as an advisor. The elder Padgett was a standout at the University of Nevada, and had spent almost 40 years as a high school coach in Nevada.
Tyra acknowledged that Padgett is basically a “one-man band” right now, but gave no timetable as to when a resolution would be made regarding the status of the two assistant coaches.