Official statement on Kenny Johnson departure

Here's what Indiana coach Tom Crean had to say about losing his assistant coach to Louisville.

Kenny Johnson left his job as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach with Indiana and accepted a position on Rick Pitino's staff at Louisville on Monday night.

Johnson was introduced to the media in Louisville earlier today, and Indiana coach Tom Crean released a statement about Johnson. Here's what Crean said:

"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 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."

Indiana and Louisville will play each other in December as part of the Jimmy V Classic in New York. You can bet that game will be pretty heated. Top Stories