LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kenny Johnson lost his job as an assistant coach with the University of Louisville basketball program last fall, but he did not lose his love for the game.

Johnson made regular trips to Indianapolis to watch Victor Oladipo, one of his former players at Indiana University, perform for the Pacers. He helped Ellis Myles coach with the Louisville Magic AAU program.

He inquired about several openings as a college assistant coach without success.

Until Tuesday.

According to this report by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, Johnson is in line to fill a spot on the assistant coaching staff at LaSalle, an Atlantic 10 Conference program in Philadelphia. The Explorers changed head coaches after the season, hiring Ashley Howard, one of Jay Wright’s top assistants at NCAA champion Villanova.

Johnson did not respond to a text message Tuesday afternoon.

When LaSalle officially announces Johnson’s hiring, he will become the first  coach to lose his job during the national college basketball scandal last fall to be re-hired.

Johnson, who was scheduled to earn $550,000 as Rick Pitino’s top assistant last season, was fired in November, after the school had already dismissed Pitino and assistant Jordan Fair.

Johnson coached three-plus seasons at Louisville after serving on Tom Crean’s staff at Indiana from 2012-14 as well as at Towson State from 2011-12.f

With his strong background in grass roots basketball in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Johnson was considered one of the top recruiters in the game. He was the lead recruiter for Donovan Mitchell, Raymond Spalding and several other Louisville players.

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