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Louisville basketball news: David Padgett says normalcy is returning

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The Louisville Cardinals basketball program isn’t exactly having the greatest run as of late. Despite that, interim head coach David Padgett believes things are starting to return to form.

“We’re returning to some sense of normalcy,” Padgett said Wednesday, as written by the AP, “and we’re getting there because we’ve been able to practice and focus on the hardwood.”

For those living under a rock, Louisville is going to face the ire of the NCAA after the FBI is done doing its investigation into college basketball’s largest scandal in decades. Since the FBI held a presser with flow charts, the university has effectively fired Hall of Fame level coach Rick Pitino.

Practices have begun in college and this has been a blessing for the first-year head coach.

“It’s been a good couple of days,” Padgett said, “things are starting to slow down. I’m starting to sleep a little bit, which is good. … We’re moving in the right direction.”

“I’m a players’ coach,” Padgett said. “There’s going to be times when I have to get on them, and the job of every assistant coach in the world is when the head coach gets on you, someone’s got to pick you back up.

“I think that dynamic changes a little bit, but that’s just something we kind of work on as we go.”

David Padgett is actually the youngest Division I coach in the country at the moment. Whether or not he receives an offer to coach the Cardinals full-time remains to be seen. With potential sanctions coming Louisville’s way, no matter who ends up coaching in the long-term, that person will face an uphill climb.