VAUGHT: Padgett ready to start work

Even though he played on a national championship team at Kentucky in 1998, Scott Padgett has had to go through the same hiring process as any other UK employee.

"I had to fill out an application and have a background check. I told them my whole life was on Google, just go check," Padgett laughed and said. "But they have to be official. I understand that. But I think it will be done and I will be able to work by Monday."

Padgett and Tony Delk, who was on UK's 1996 national championship team, are both waiting to join John Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky.

"They are going to be ‘coaches-in-training.' They will be part of our family and watching what we are doing and learning. They will be a part of our camps and clinics and that kind of stuff. Basically, they will be learning and if they do a good job and create their own niche in what they are doing and one of I assistants get a job, they hire them or I hire them," Calipari said.

That's one of the big draws for Padgett, a Louisville native, because he has wanted to be a head coach since before his playing days at Kentucky.

"It's one of those things I have always wanted to get into coaching. I felt like the timing was just kind of perfect for me. With coach Calipari coming and all the excitement, I know he's going to be successful and that can only help me get to where I want to be and that is being a head coach," Padgett said. "But it doesn't get any better than to be able to start out at your own school."

While Padgett will be learning from Calipari and his staff, he also thinks he will offer some insights into Kentucky basketball to Calapari just like Delk will.

"One thing he stressed to us is that while he was getting his feet wet with the university and things that make Kentucky tick, he wanted insight on all that from us," Padgett said. "I am excited to be working under him, but after talking to him about things like that I was even more excited.

"He talked to us and said he had made a lot of money but that was not what he kept him going. He wants to put as many kids as he can in the NBA. Every kid that comes to Kentucky thinks he can play professional basketball. He wants as many kids as possible to reach that goal, but he also wants his assistants to reach a goal of being head coaches. He told us he would be our biggest marketing tool. That excited me."

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