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Former Louisville Staffer Kenny Johnson Terminated At La Salle

Chris Humphrey

Within a week of finding his name featured in a notice of allegations from the NCAA, former Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson has found himself looking for employment.

Mike Jensen of the Philly Enquirer reports that Johnson is no longer of the La Salle basketball staff.

The school confirmed that Johnson’s termination is related to him being charged with a Level 2 NCAA violation last week.

“Kenny Johnson is no longer a member of our men’s basketball staff. Per University policy, we will not comment further on this personnel matter.

“The recent Notice of Allegations released by the NCAA was related to Johnson’s tenure on the coaching staff at the University of Louisville. The substance of these alleged violations is in no way connected to his tenure at La Salle University.

“La Salle Athletics is committed to promoting an environment of compliance to the highest standard of ethical conduct within its department.”

Johnson spent three years as an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville. He was placed on administrative leave after Pitino was effectively fired in Sept. of 2017. He was officially terminated by UofL roughly two months later.

Surprisingly Johnson didn’t have to wait very long to get another job. He was hired as an assistant coach for Ashley Howard at La Salle in May of 2018.

The NCAA accuses Johnson of paying $1,300 to Brian Bowen’s father, which the elder Bowen previously confirmed in a court testimony. He is also accused of impermissible recruiting activities, a Level II violation.

It’s unclear if this is a good thing or a bad thing for Louisville. I’d lean it’s a bad thing that Johnson now no longer needs to cooperate with the NCAA. Had he been employed he would’ve been required to talk with the NCAA throughout their investigation.

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