Video: Kenny Johnson introduced at Louisville

  • 04/23/2014 1:08 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Indiana assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson was introduced as a member of Rick Pitino’s coaching staff at the University of Louisville on Wednesday afternoon.

In his press conference, Johnson talked about his time at Indiana, how tough the decision to leave Bloomington was and much more:

Indiana coach Tom Crean also released a statement on Johnson, which is available after the jump.

“We appreciate all that Kenny Johnson added to the Indiana basketball program over the last two years and we value his friendship. We have loved having Kenny, Doreen, Amare, and Mekai as part of the Indiana family. I was always hopeful Kenny would not leave until he became a head coach, but I think this offer was too big to turn down. We have had a lot of history together and he leaves with our support and appreciation for a job well done.”

“We are attacking our off-season program, the players academic success and future recruiting with great energy and enthusiasm. That is our focus right now and that keeps us plenty busy.”

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  • CreanFaithful

    He gave plenty of props to CTC. Went as far to say he studied him for years prior to his hire. This sounds like a guy that wants to learn from the best and is getting a well rounded education… I’d be surprised if KJ wasn’t a head coach in the next 5 years.

  • FinEndNow

    Maybe with some luck J-April will be 1/10 of what Dwight Howard is.

  • FinEndNow

    Maybe even in shorter time. Heck he may get a job after next year. Then UofL will take another assistant from us lol.

  • ….now if we could only get Pitino to Indiana…

  • ForeverIU

    I didn’t see that as a negative thing. I think we all know that both coaches are in different categories. Crean is not Pitino. I think Crean would tell you the same thing. Crean is also 13 years younger than Pitino. Now, as for the December game, let’s make Big Kenny regret his decision to leave.

  • drewheck

    Its probably more of a name thing its rick pitino kj will be a head coach somewhere in a year or two why not have a big name on your resume

  • SCHoosier

    Bottom line is Glass is running a business…if you’ve ever been in top management u know that there are critical times you spend that kind of money to keep somebody and most times you don’t (for various reasons) Kenny Johnson is NOT irreplaceable.

  • marcusgresham

    …and maybe Izzo.

  • Dave Carnes

    Some Folks see the symptoms and think they are looking at the problem

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    So are we offically a “troubled” program yet?

    Increasingly getting the feeling that Crean is in way over his head, in many ways.

    I was watching the 30 for 30 about the glory days of the Big East, and one of the talking heads said at the end “all the poets in college basketball coaching have been replaces by salesmen”.

    Man, that rang true for me. Sure, that’s the way the game is played now, but it just ain’t the same.

  • marcusgresham

    No reason for that—you never know; there may a time down the road when Crean’s had a ton of success and wants to retire and Coach Kenny may have moved on from Louisville, gotten a head coaching job, done very well, and comes back to IU.

  • marcusgresham

    Loyalties or not, just about every assistant coach in the country is in hus current position with the hopes of becoming a head coach somewhere–usually somewhere else, too.

  • marcusgresham

    …not disputing your thinking, but who is available that fits this criteria? Calbert is the only name coming to mind and he just got to Saint Louis, is already the top assistant there if I’m remembering correctly, and is coaching with an old friend.
    I just don’t know how many other “Indiana guys” there are who are considered skilled recruiters and coaches.

  • marcusgresham

    “Turmoil” should be the ironic name for the deadly press IU uses next year. Arkansas had “40 Minutes of Hell,” VCU has “Havoc,” why can’t IU have “Turmoil”?

  • Kyl470

    Completely agree. I posted something earlier stating that coaches hire AAU guys that currently have a top player on their AAU team that they want. So if Crean covets a 2015 center then hire his AAU coach and watch IU instantly appear on his top list of schools to play for.

  • ForeverIU

    It’s gonna be the “onslaught”, LOL! I Ioved Nolan Richardson and the Razorbacks (my other alma mater).

  • g_bo

    Often times, if you were watching closely at the IU games, Coach Crean would leave huddles half way during timeouts and yield coaching duties to KJ. I saw this multiple games and during multiple time outs. To say that he was just a recruiter would be wrong here.

    I think Coach Crean valued his impact on the players (kids listen to someone they can relate to and understand more so than someone constantly yelling at them or barking orders around) and that is why he let KJ lead the huddles on his own sometimes.

    To me, we lost a major asset to the program plain and simple. Now we need to find someone that can fill that gap. We will see what Crean is thinking here in the near future. I’ve like every hire Crean has made since he was named our head coach so I’m looking forward to seeing who he brings in.

  • g_bo

    AJ Guyton?

  • marcusgresham

    Interesting idea. Is he a coach anywhere? I don’t know if Guyton is still involved in basketball.
    Now that I’ve thought about it, though, Greg Graham could a person to consider.

  • marcusgresham

    Nah–Kenny is on the fast-track to a head coaching job so you’d have just been prolonging the inevitable.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Or Richard Pitino.

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Kenny is far more irreplaceable. than Crean. In fact, Crean should have been replaced right after the loss in the Big 10 Tourney. I am appalled at the degree to which the posts on this forum undervalue Johnson’s contributions. Do any of you recall anything about last season?

  • Jersey Hoosier

    Ken Johnson’s contribution to the Hoosiers have been routinely disparaged in the comments which appear below. One poster actually suggested the Kenny is easily replaceable. Kenny is far more irreplaceable. than Crean. In fact, Crean should have been replaced right after the loss in the Big 10 Tourney. I am appalled at the degree to which the posts on this forum undervalue Johnson’s contributions. Do any of you recall anything about last season?

  • SCHoosier

    I do not underestimate KJ’s value..I’m just saying in every business situation there is a price that doesn’t make timing or business sense for the current employer to pay. This was one of those situations IMO. Will it hurt for a while..sure..will we lose a couple kids we wanted..probably. But life moves on and so do the Hoosiers.

  • SCHoosier

    Need glasses..didn’t see anything on here including the ones from me that said KJ was “easily replaceable.”?

  • They doubled his pay. Easy decision if you ask me.