College of Charleston head coach Pat Kelsey is expected to become the next men’s basketball coach at Louisville, according to reports. After leading the College of Charleston to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, Kelsey reportedly finalized a deal that could see him take over as the Cardinals’ new coach on Wednesday or Thursday. The move comes after Louisville fired Kenny Payne earlier this month after a disappointing eight-win season. In just two seasons, Payne compiled an overall record of 12-52, which led to his dismissal.

Over the past three seasons, Kelsey posted an impressive 74-27 overall record at the College of Charleston, with a 39-15 record in the Coastal Athletic Association. The 2022-23 season was Kelsey’s breakout year, in which he led the Cougars to a historic 31-4 record, setting the program record for most wins at the NCAA Division I level. This successful streak included the nation’s longest winning streak at 20 games and a one-month top-25 ranking in the Associated Press poll.

Kelsey also recently signed a lucrative five-year contract worth $1 million annually through the 2028 season, making him the highest-paid coach in the CAA. The deal includes bonuses he received this year and a $50,000 salary increase if he stayed on next year. The contract has a $1 million buyout clause in case Kelsey decides to leave Charleston before 2028. Several key players from the Cougers entered

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