Pitino elevates Johnson to Louisville associate head coach

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino has promoted assistant Kenny Johnson to associate head coach.

Johnson, who just completed his second season with the Cardinals, signed a two-year contract to remain on Pitino's staff. He is credited with helping recruit last year's class that was rated top-10 and helped No. 16 Louisville finish 23-8 after starting the season unranked.

Pitino praised Johnson's recruiting and coaching skills in a release Tuesday saying, ''We want him to remain a part of our family for the coming years.''

The school is serving a self-imposed postseason ban after its investigation into an escort's allegations that former staffer Andre McGee hired strippers for recruits and players from 2010-14 determined that violations occurred.