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Kenny Payne has “No Hard Feelings” after Talking to Vince Tyra about the UofL Job

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.”

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.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

17 Comments for Kenny Payne has “No Hard Feelings” after Talking to Vince Tyra about the UofL Job

  1. david8577
    1:48 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Going from primary assistant coach at UK to head coach at UL would have definitely been a demotion. UL is the current poster-child for cheating, and 1.5 years from the death penalty.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:14 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      If they hadn’t cleaned house top to bottom, I would tend to agree with you. But no way it’s a demotion, and I can’t see any sports program getting the death penalty in this day and age. Especially since there is literally no one who was involved in the cheating still there.

    • catdaddyd
      2:52 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      They don’t take banners down in this day and age either do they?

    • ClutchCargo
      3:28 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      There is a HUGE difference between vacating games and shutting programs down. It just so happens that one of the “wins” was a title game. If Memphis had won the title game with Derrick Rose, UofL would have been the 2nd school to lose a banner.

    • jaws2
      4:03 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Sure Clutch, wait until this little FBI deal gets finished.

    2:41 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Enjoy the more retarded looking than Terry miners, Chris mack. An average conference record, really poor tournament record, bad record vs ranked teams and an absolutely horrible record against rivals. If it wasn’t for UMBC, mack would have the worst tournament loss in years.

  3. vladimirhootin
    2:41 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Would have been a great opportunity for him and hard to “wish him well.” Is Chris can push towards final 4s in a few short years there and maybe win a few later, he can name his future jobs. Lots of turnover coming in the future of college basketball with Michigan St, Duke, Kansas, and us I would think is safe to assume. If someone finds success at Louisville after what they did, why not name your price to those schools?

  4. rickwhitetx
    2:55 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    On one hand, I’m sorry for Kenny not getting the opportunity. On all of my other hands, I’m much happier to have him at Kentucky.

  5. [email protected]
    3:28 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t believe Mack will put a product on the floor that UL fans will embrace. If you look at the players he has recruited most appear to be thugs. Maybe that’s what UL fans want to see who knows…

    • jaws2
      4:01 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Well, that’s what he had before, and that’s what he’ll have after.

  6. BTownUKFan
    4:19 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Dakich and Greenberg were talking about Payne last night not having a head coaching job. Personally, I don’t think he is any hurry to leave Kentucky. He may have taken the UL job because it is his alma mater. He is building a legacy at Kentucky and learning about player management and program management from one of the best. It’s not just X’s and O’s. Maybe he is waiting for Cal to retire to take over at Kentucky.
    GO CATS !!

    • 4everUKblue
      4:23 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      I hope he’s not in any hurry to leave, I don’t want to lose him.

  7. Jiminy Crickets
    5:25 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    The Uk coaching circle says Payne takes over the UK program, wins a NC then runs the program into the ground.

    JoeB-lovable assistant, wins NC, then program goes stale.
    Sutton-drunk from west coast puts program at rock bottom

    Tubby-lovable assistant, wins NC then program goes stale
    BCG-drunk from west coast takes program to rock bottom


    • vladimirhootin
      9:24 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink


    • Fitz
      9:28 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

      Very clever Jiminy. If KP takes over from he is more like to break the trend than the others because u like Billy Clyde and the Tubbster he can recruit (not very good coaches as well) Sutton recruiting was tainted with dirt.

    • ClutchCargo
      12:59 am August 10, 2018 Permalink

      Sutton and BCG were not from the west coast.

  8. CombatMedic_98
    10:11 pm August 9, 2018 Permalink

    Lovable assistant, wins NC then program goes stale
    Lavar Ball…Drunk from West Coast tales program to rock bottom