It appears that a former Louisville assistant has found a new landing spot.
Kenny Johnson, fired by Louisville before the beginning of last season for his potential involvement in the “pay for play” recruiting scandal, is back in the coaching ranks.
Johnson has been hired as an associate head coach on Ashley Howard’s staff at La Salle, according to 247Sports reporter Evan Daniels.
Kenny Johnson will actually be named Associate Head Coach. https://t.co/aN3ZZsOrLT
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 8, 2018
Johnson’s name being linked to the scandal reportedly scared off many other programs interested in hiring him, according to ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman.
There were several other coaches who looked into bringing Kenny Johnson on board, but AD’s and Presidents were concerned due to the uncertainty with the FBI investigation. https://t.co/Z3apV28epR
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 8, 2018
Johnson, fellow assistant Jordan Fair and Rick Pitino were all fired by Louisville last fall after an FBI investigation alleged that two unnamed Louisville coaches helped arrange for at least one recruit to receive payment in exchange for a commitment to the school.
However, Johnson is being viewed in the FBI investigation as “a potential witness and nothing more,” according to CBS Sports reporter Gary Parrish.
Johnson served under Pitino at Louisville from 2014-17.