On Sunday evening, the 4th ranked Louisville Cardinals (8-0) will return to action in the 13th Annual Billy Minardi Classic, which honors Rick Pitino’s late brother-in-law who died in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. This year the Cards will face UNC Wilmington (3-2), who are coached by former UofL assistant Kevin Keatts. He was with UofL for 3 seasons.
Louisville enters the game as heavy favorites, I believe by around 28 points or so. But in just five games this season, the Seahawks of UNC Wilmington have scored over 100 points twice already. They beat VMI 110-93 and St. Andrews 105-47. Their last game was on December 3, so they have had 11 days to prepare for this game.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson will be hired at Louisville to replace Kevin Keatts on Rick Pitino’s staff. Johnson is most known for his ability to recruit, and most see this as a huge hire for Pitino.
To learn more about Johnson, here is his bio from IUHoosiers.com:
• Joined head coach Tom Crean’s staff on May 1, 2012, after spending the previous season as an assistant coach at Towson University.
• A native of Oxon Hill, Md., served as associate head coach at Paul VI High School in Fairfax, Virginia for four years prior to joining the Towson staff.
It is being reported that Louisville Associate Head Coach Kevin Keatts will be named the head coach at UNC-Wilmington. According to this article by WECT News in North Carolina, “An emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has been scheduled Thursday.”
UNC-Wilmington just finished their season 9-23 and in last place in the Colonial Athletic Conference. So Keatts will have his work cut out for him, but he is definitely ready for the job. We wish him nothing but the best.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kevin Keatts, who joined the University of Louisville men’s basketball staff in April 2011 as an assistant coach, has been elevated to Associate Head Coach for the Cardinals by head coach Rick Pitino.
“Kevin is one of the best assistants I have had in a long career,” said Pitino. “That’s saying something with the great assistants I’ve had the extreme pleasure to work alongside. He has done an incredible job with all of our current players and recruits and naming him an associate is a much-deserved recognition for him.”
Keatts, who has won two national prep championships and was runner-up on three occasions as head coach at Hargrave Military Academy over eight seasons, has helped the Cardinals assemble two straight top ten recruiting classes. Since his arrival at UofL, the Cardinals have reached the NCAA Final Four twice — including winning the 2013 NCAA Championship — won two Big East Conference championships, and have a combined 79-18 record while winning a school-record 35 games last year.