Jeff Borzello of ESPN reported Monday that Samford parted ways with Padgett after six seasons with the program.
Samford has parted ways with head coach Scott Padgett after six seasons, sources told ESPN.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 16, 2020
In his six years leading the Bulldogs, Samford recorded just two winning seasons and never qualified for the NCAA Tournament or NIT.
Last season, Samford went just 10-23 and 4-14 in Southern Conference play, which proved to be fatal for the future of the program’s marriage with Padgett.
Before Samford, Padgett was a star player at Kentucky. In 1997 he was named to the All-NCAA Final Four Team after averaging 9.6 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game and leading the Cats to the national championship game.
Padgett helped the team win it all in 1998 in a season that saw him take home First Team All-American, All-NCAA Final Four Team, All-NCAA Regional Team, Second Team All-SEC, All-SEC Tournament and Academic All-SEC honors.
Finally, in 1999, he was named First Team All-SEC and won the SEC Tournament MVP award as he guided the Cats passed the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Tournament finals.
After his playing career, he was drafted in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He played eight NBA seasons with four different teams before turning to coaching.
He served as an assistant at Kentucky under John Calipari during the 2009-2010 season, Manhattan from 2010-2012 and Samford from 2012-2014 before taking over the Bulldogs in June of 2014.
Padgett will now look for a new gig as he looks to get his coaching career back on track.