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College of Charleston’s Tony Kelsey to Replace Kenny Payne as Louisville Basketball Coach

BySamantha Jones

Mar 27, 2024
Pat Kelsey from CofC could potentially become Louisville’s next coach | Sports

Earl Grant, who previously coached at College of Charleston, has been hired as Louisville’s basketball coach. This move comes after the Cardinals fired Kenny Payne earlier this month following a disappointing season with only eight wins. In just two seasons, Payne compiled a 12-52 overall record, leading to his dismissal.

Kelsey has been leading College of Charleston to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and is finalizing a deal that could see him take over as the new coach at Louisville either on Wednesday or Thursday. Over the past three seasons, Kelsey managed an impressive 74-27 overall record at College of Charleston, with a marked 39-15 record in the Coastal Athletic Association. The 2022-23 season was Kelsey’s standout year, where he guided the Cougars to a historic 31-4 record, setting a program record for the most wins at the NCAA Division I level. This successful run included the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games and a month-long spot in The Associated Press’ Top 25 poll.

Kelsey has recently signed a lucrative five-year contract extension worth $1 million in annual pay running through the 2028 season, making him the highest-paid coach in the CAA. The deal includes bonuses he received this year and a $50,000 pay raise had he remained for the following year. The contract has a $1 million buyout clause in case Kelsey decides to leave Charleston before 2028. Several key players from the Cougars have entered the transfer portal amidst the coaching change due to his adaptability to evolving college sports landscape and embracing elements like transfer portal and name image likeness which set him apart from other coaches of his time.

If Kelsey makes this transition to Louisville, he would be following in Grant’s footsteps who moved from CofC to Boston College in 2021. This move bodes well for Kelsey’s coaching prospects in ACC as Grant was successful at Boston College after seven seasons at College of Charleston

By Samantha Jones

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