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Report: Louisville Wants To Interview Kentucky Assistant

Louisville's basketball court during a game against Miami.

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 18: A general view of the Louisville Cardinals game against the Miami Redhawks at KFC YUM! Center on November 18, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

A new name has emerged in Louisville's search for a new head basketball coach. It's a name Kentucky fans are familiar with.

The Cardinals have reportedly asked for permission to interview Wildcats' assistant coach Kenny Payne, who played collegiately at Louisville.

From 247Sports:

The University of Louisville has requested permission to talk with a former player for the men’s basketball coaching opening.

Evan Daniels, the director of recruiting for 247Sports, and Cardinal Authority have confirmed through several sources that U of L athletic director Vince Tyra has asked for permission to talk with former player and current Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne.

Tyra is searching for a coach after letting interim coach David Padgett know on Wednesday that he was going in a different direction. Padgett went 22-14 in his one season, taking over for Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino three days before the season.

Payne, 51, has been an assistant at Kentucky since 2010. He's one of the highest-paid assistant coaches in the country.

Louisville's top target for head coach is reportedly Chris Mack. The Xavier coach was reportedly set to meet with the Cardinals this weekend.

It's unclear what this means regarding Mack's status. Stay tuned.