Rothstein | Trent Johnson to join Louisville coaching staff

TCU head coach Trent Johnson instructs his team as TCU takes on Oklahoma during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 5, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
AP Photo/Ron Jenkins

Louisville interim head coach David Padgett has added an experienced voice to his coaching staff, with a source telling FanRag Sports that he has hired Trent Johnson to be an assistant coach.

Johnson has been a Division I head coach at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU, most recently leading the Horned Frogs from 2012 to 2016. Johnson, who served as an assistant at Utah, Washington, Rice and Stanford before taking his first collegiate head coaching job at Nevada in 1999, has been named a conference coach of the year in the WAC (Nevada), Pac-10 (now Pac-12; Stanford) and SEC.

Johnson’s teams have made a total of eight postseason appearances, five of which being the NCAA Tournament. And on two occasions, in 2004 at Nevada and 2008 at Stanford, Johnson led his teams to the Sweet 16.

Johnson joins a coaching staff that was completely overhauled in the aftermath of the ongoing FBI investigation. While no Louisville coaches have been charged, according to the official FBI document there were two alleged situations in which the basketball program was involved. Per the document, a payment was made shortly before a recruit made the decision to commit to Louisville in June.

School officials would later admit that the player in question — who was not identified in the document — was freshman wing Brian Bowen. Bowen, who remains enrolled in school, has been held out of all team activities by the school. There was also another incident in which, according to the FBI document, a payment was negotiated in exchange for the commitment of another recruit.

Head coach Rick Pitino was placed on unpaid leave, with the school moving to dismiss him with cause. Assistant coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair were also placed on leave, with those moves being made by the school earlier this week. Athletic director Tom Jurich is currently on paid leave as a result of the investigation.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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