2 U of L basketball coaches placed on administrative leave
Two basketball coaches at the University of Louisville have been placed on administrative leave.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two basketball coaches at the University of Louisville have been placed on administrative leave.
According to UofL spokesman Kenny Klein, associate head men's basketball coach Kenny Johnson and assistant men's basketball coach Jordan Fair are now on paid administrative leave.
"We are in the process of executing our due diligence as it relates to an ongoing investigation and feel that this an appropriate step at this time," said U of L Acting Director of Athletics Vince Tyra. "Our university will continue to fully cooperate with federal authorities in their investigation."
Neither Johnson nor Fair have been involved with basketball practice or other duties for the team. Interim coach David Padgett has been running practices, and Tyra earlier this week called him a "one man band."
A criminal complaint unsealed last week in U.S. District Court in New York claims a U of L assistant coach known as "Coach-1" took part in a plan to funnel $100,000 from a company known to be Adidas, U of L's official apparel provider, to the family of a sought-after basketball recruit this summer. That coach hasn't been named.
A second coach, identified as "Coach-2," is also alleged to have worked to secure money for the prospect. Neither coach has been named publicly, although some national reports have cited unnamed federal law enforcement sources in identifying "Coach-2" as suspended U of L head coach Rick Pitino.
Johnson, according to a state database, makes $375,000 a year. Fair's salary was not immediately available.
And later Friday, U of L announced it placed Michael Bowden, Logan Baumann and R.J. Evans in temporary coaching roles. All three men had been working as staffers for the basketball team, but they've now been elevated to coaches so they can actively help Padgett on the court.
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