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Report: Louisville’s Kenny Payne Not Anticipated to Return as CBB HC After 8-24 Season

Paul Kasabian Featured Columnist II Grant Halverson/Getty Images Louisville has parted ways with men’s basketball head coach Kenny Payne, who led the Cardinals to a 12-52 record over his two seasons at the helm. Tyler Greever @Tyler_Greever Louisville officially announces it has parted ways with Kenny Payne. Josh Heird will talk this afternoon. Here is

Report: Louisville’s Kenny Payne Not Anticipated to Return as CBB HC After 8-24 Season

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist II

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 28: Head coach Kenny Payne of the Louisville Cardinals watches his team play against the Duke Blue Devils during the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2024 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Louisville has parted methods with males’s basketball head coach Kenny Payne, who led the Cardinals to a 12-52 file over his two seasons on the helm.

Tyler Greever @Tyler_Greever

Louisville formally proclaims it has parted methods with Kenny Payne. Josh Heird will speak this afternoon. Here’s a assertion from him: pic.twitter.com/ZCxVqRuu92

Jeff Goodman of Discipline of 68 was the primary to report the information on Tuesday after the Cardinals’ season ended with a 94-85 loss to North Carolina State within the first spherical of the ACC match.

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Louisville is anticipated to half methods with Kenny Payne after two seasons, supply instructed @TheFieldOf68.

Possible be official within the subsequent 24-48 hours.

Payne received 12 whole video games in two seasons.

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ESPN’s Pete Thamel and John Fanta of Fox Sports activities had been amongst those that later confirmed the information.

Pete Thamel @PeteThamel

Supply: Louisville officers anticipate to tell coach Kenny Payne inside the subsequent 24 hours that he is not going to return as males’s basketball coach. He is but to talk with AD Josh Heird since shedding within the ACC Event earlier at the moment.

John Fanta @John_Fanta

Louisville is anticipated to fireside Kenny Payne tomorrow, sources inform Fox Sports activities. @GoodmanHoops had it first. Payne went 12-51 in two seasons.

Counting interims, the Cardinals can have had six head coaches in 9 years once they begin subsequent season. Large rent for AD Josh Heird.

The Cardinals went 5-35 in ACC play over the previous two years, posting last-place league finishes every time.

Payne joined Louisville with an distinctive resume in hand. He starred with the Cardinals within the Nineteen Eighties and even helped the crew win the 1985-86 nationwide championship. The small ahead then went No. 19 general to the Philadelphia 76ers within the 1989 NBA draft and performed 4 seasons with the crew.

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Payne has coached since 2004, beginning at Oregon earlier than leaving for Kentucky to work on John Calipari’s workers in 2010. He was promoted to affiliate head coach in 2014 earlier than heading to the New York Knicks in 2020 to be an assistant on Tom Thibodeau’s workers.

Two years later, Payne changed Chris Mack, who mutually agreed to half methods with the college in January 2022.

On paper, it regarded like Payne may thrive in Louisville. Sadly, the crew has bottomed out. This two-year stretch is the worst in class historical past since 1939-1941, when the crew went 3-32.

And so the teaching carousel continues in Louisville, which has seen a lot turmoil for the reason that controversial, scandalous and unceremonious end of the Rick Pitino era.

John Fanta @John_Fanta

Louisville is anticipated to fireside Kenny Payne tomorrow, sources inform Fox Sports activities. @GoodmanHoops had it first. Payne went 12-51 in two seasons.

Counting interims, the Cardinals can have had six head coaches in 9 years once they begin subsequent season. Large rent for AD Josh Heird.

Per Thamel and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, the college is “anticipated to owe Payne round $8 million” for the buyout remaining on a six-year deal signed in 2022.

This season marks the fifth straight with out Louisville collaborating in any postseason match, its longest stretch since 1951-1958.

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