Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne almost returned to his alma mater. During a post-shootaround media session, the UK assistant said he spoke to Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra about the program’s head coaching vacancy.
“I have a lot of respect for him. I wish him well. He made a decision on the coach he wanted. I think that was pretty much done beforehand.” Payne added, “No hard feelings, at all.”
Kenny Payne confirms that he spoke with Vince Tyra about the Louisvilke job before they hired Chris Mack pic.twitter.com/n0PU5JcB9F
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Over the summer there were conflicting reports about Payne’s potential interest in the job. He previously talked about the matter in an interview with T.J. Walker.
In certain crowds, Payne was a frontrunner for the job. A National Champion on the Cardinals’ 1986 team, many former UofL players pushed for Payne to be named head coach, even though it was clear early in the process that Chris Mack was Louisville’s primary target.