Louisville basketball: ESPN analyst predicts David Padgett will earn permanent head coaching job

It’s been a whirlwind of an offseason for the Louisville basketball team. FBI allegations of a recruiting scandal led to the firing of Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino and suspension of 5-star freshman Brian Bowen, leading in turn to many analysts tempering once-high expectations for the Cardinals.

ESPN’s Myron Medcalf is taking the opposite approach.

In his annual “bold predictions” column, Medcalf wrote that he believes David Padgett, named Louisville’s interim coach shortly after Pitino was placed on administrative leave, will lead the Cardinals to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

In doing so, Medcalf believes Padgett will earn a multiyear deal as Louisville’s head coach.

“(Padgett) has a top-10 roster with or without Brian Bowen, whose lawyer claims is innocent and naive to the bribery scheme that disrupted the program,” Medcalf writes. “Expect Padgett, who has handled this turbulent chapter with class, to pull a Steve Fisher and lead Louisville on a deep run into the NCAA tournament, a journey that includes a new multiyear deal to keep his job as Louisville’s head coach.”

The one question mark for Padgett, as Medcalf points out, is his lack of experience. However, if Medcalf’s prediction of a successful season and a Sweet 16 run proves true, Louisville fans, anxious to put the scandal-ridden final years of Pitino behind them, will happily embrace Padgett as the team’s next leader.

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