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Louisville Writer Answers The Question A Lot Of Cardinals Fans Are Asking

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LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 30: General view of the arena during the Virginia Cavaliers game against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on January 30, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Cardinals' beat writer answers the question a lot of fans are asking.

This week, Louisville fans (a group of the fan base, anyway) seemed to come to the conclusion that a Kentucky assistant coach should be the Cardinals' next head coach.

Kenny Payne, a Louisville alum, has been mentioned a lot this week for the program's head coaching vacancy. The Cardinals are currently led by interim head coach David Padgett. A permanent hire will likely be made this offseason.

So Payne, 51, has consistently been mentioned as a possibility for that permanent hire. He's even addressed it, kind of.

"Louisville changed my life," Payne said, per the Courier Journal. "As a young kid coming from Mississippi to be able to be on the national championship team and learn basketball from a Hall of Fame coach (Denny Crum), I have love for Louisville. But I have an obligation and love for the University of Kentucky and the guys sitting in this locker room."

One Louisville writer is shutting this down, though.

Cardinals' beat reporter Jeff Greer says we need to stop talking about it.

"The bottom line is and has been since this all started: Payne is not the right guy for the permanent Louisville men’s basketball coaching job," Greer writes.

He expanded:

It’s just that Louisville is not in a position right now, nor will it be in two months, to be hiring someone who has never been a head coach before.

Louisville needs a head coach with experience running a program. It needs a personality, someone who can make people laugh and put them at ease while still putting off the “I got this” vibe of a coach who sees a path out of a very dark forest and has the track record to reinforce that vision.

He's right - probably. A program like Louisville, in the situation that it's in, would be taking a big gamble hiring a man who's never been a head coach.