Official statements on Kenny Johnson

Indiana coach Tom Crean and Louisville coach Rick Pitino issued nearly simultaneous news releases on assistants coach Kenny Johnson moving from the Hoosiers’ staff to the Cardinals’ staff.

First, Crean:

“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.”

And Pitino:

“We’re very excited to have Kenny in our program,” said Pitino. “The first thing I did when Kevin Keatts left to become the head coach at UNC Wilmington was to ask my son Richard (Pitino, head coach at Minnesota) to find the best rising assistant coach in the business. He spoke to a lot of people and they led directly to Kenny Johnson and others think he is outstanding as well. He is extremely bright, having studied cell, molecular biology and genetics in college.”

The complete Louisville release can be read here.

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