Kenny Johnson leaves for Louisville

Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson accepted the top assistant-coaching job on Rick Pitino's staff.

Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson is leaving the program. He accepted a position on the Louisville coaching staff and is expected to be Rick Pitino's lead assistant.

Johnson shined as a recruiter during his time at Indiana, making him a hot commodity on the coaching market. Maryland and Virginia Tech came after him initially, but a job on Pitino's staff was one Johnson ultimately couldn't turn down.

During his tenure, Johnson helped Indiana land several recruits from the East coast, the area he's from. Johnson got Indiana in the door with Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson, Noah Vonleh and Robert Johnson.

But it's important to remember, Tom Crean ultimately landed all those guys. Kids don't go to a school because of the assistant coach. They go, ultimately, because of the head coach.

Plus, Crean had already landed guys from the DMV before Johnson came on staff. He earned commitments from Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo long before Johnson was on board.

Sure, losing Johnson isn't the best news, but it isn't the end of the world either. Crean is and always has been a solid recruiter, and that won't change now. The rivalry with Louisville, well, that could heat up a bit more. The two teams play each other in the Jimmy V Classic next year. Top Stories