Louisville coach David Padgett officially named Greg Paulus as an assistant coach on his staff Thursday.
The news of Paulus’ hire was first reported by Louisville Courier-Journal writer Jeff Greer earlier in the day.
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“He came very, very highly recommended,” Padgett said of Paulus in the press conference, “It’s taken a couple weeks to get all this in place, but we’re happy we’re here. I didn’t have any shortage of candidates, for some reason, got very lucky because Johnson and Paulus were both available.”
Padgett hired Trent Johnson, who was the former head coach at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU, as an assistant coach last week. Paulus was on Thad Matta’s staff at Ohio State before the head coach parted ways with the school last June.
Paulus said it would be important to spend time with each player to learn the culture of Louisville basketball, also to understand their on-and-off court personalities by watching film of their practices and talking to them away from the practice facility.
Louisville is implicated in an FBI investigation that’s looking into corruption and bribery within college basketball’s recruiting process. The results have included the arrests of 10 men and contributed to the firing of Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and the naming of Padgett as the program’s interim coach on September 29. The school also placed assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair on administrative leave, which resulted in Fair being fired last week.
With Johnson still on administrative leave, Padgett cannot hire another assistant coach to complete his staff until the school officials make a final determination on the suspended coach’s employment status.