Louisville didn’t take long to make its first offseason move, parting ways with interim men’s basketball coach David Padgett less than 24 hours after the Cardinals’ season ended.

The former Cardinals’ player was brought in to bring calm amid turmoil and upheaval after the school placed Coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave following its acknowledgment that it was being investigated in a federal corruption probe of college basketball .

Padgett did his job. He went 22-14 after being elevated from second-year Louisville assistant last fall.

“It was just a learning experience,” Padgett said Wednesday. “I didn’t give myself expectations, I didn’t give my team expectations. But having never done something before, you’re always going to say, how am I going to do, doing it for the first time. All things considered, I think it went really, really well.”

School officials say they appreciate the job he did, but obviously it wasn’t good enough.

Interim athletic director Vince Tyra thanked Padgett for taking over the program “during incredible circumstances,” and added, “We expect to determine a new head coach in a short period to build upon the great basketball tradition of this university.”


ARIZONA: Freshman big man Deandre Ayton is leaving early for the NBA after one dominating season.

The 7-foot-1, 260-pound Ayton made the announcement on his Twitter feed. He was named the Pac-12 player of the year in 2017-18 after averaging 20.1 points on 61 percent shooting and 11.6 rebounds per game.

The Bahamian big man has the size of a center, but the athleticism of a small forward. He has excellent footwork, a good midrange jump shot and passes well out of double teams, traits that have him projected to be a lottery pick in the NBA draft, possibly the No. 1 overall pick.

Scratch Coach Sean Miller off the list of potential coaches at Pitt. Miller said he isn’t a candidate for the coaching vacancy created when the Panthers fired Kevin Stallings earlier this month. Miller, grew up in western Pennsylvania and played point guard for the Panthers from 1987-92.

WAKE FOREST: Redshirt junior guard Keyshawn Woods is leaving the program. He will graduate in May and either begin his professional career or play next season elsewhere as a graduate transfer.

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