Finest Louisville teaching candidates: It is Chris Mack, and nobody else | NCAA Basketball


Louisville parted methods with interim coach David Padgett on Wednesday, and the seek for a substitute for a program attempting to proper itself within the aftermath of the scandal that value Rick Pitino his job begins. 

The checklist consists of 1 identify — Chris Mack — and no person else’s.

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The Xavier coach is the very best match for Louisville, and Louisville is the very best match for Mack. That is the tip of this search. The Cardinals reportedly are concentrating on Mack, and with good motive.  

Louisville can begin the strategy of shifting on from a tough chapter in its historical past by hiring Mack, who’s 212-96 in 9 seasons and has led the Musketeers to 3 Candy 16s and one Elite Eight look. Xavier’s second-round exit from this 12 months’s NCAA Match as a No. 1 seed was a disappointment, however it additionally could possibly be an indication it is time for Mack to maneuver on. 

Mack would not be the primary Xavier coach to do it. Pete Gillen coached 9 seasons earlier than shifting on to Windfall and, later, Virginia. Skip Prosser coached seven seasons earlier than shifting on to Wake Forest. Thad Matta coached three earlier than leaving for Ohio State, and Sean Miller coached 5 seasons earlier than going to Arizona. 

It is not shifting up — Xavier is a strong program that has produced wonderful coaches since Gillen in 1985-86. This system isn’t a cradle of coaches a lot as it is a cradle for coaches. When it is time to transfer on, then it’s a great guess the Musketeers will discover the subsequent good one of their quest to make that elusive Remaining 4.

That is about shifting on, and the timing is correct for Mack. He was a candidate for Ohio State’s opening final summer season, however confirmed no curiosity regardless of the chance to observe Matta — maybe as a result of Louisville is a greater match for Mack, even within the aftermath of the scandal. It is a basketball-first faculty in a basketball-first convention, and there is a possibility for Mack to maneuver up the ladder.

He additionally has tri-state connections. He performed highschool basketball at St. Xavier in Cincinnati. He performed just a few years at Evansville in Indiana, and his spouse, Christi, was a highschool star within the Louisville space and is within the Dayton Corridor of Fame. That is a big a part of Louisville’s recruiting radius, and it provides up.

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This transfer is smart for Mack.

Louisville should not overcomplicate this. We will do the train of working by means of another names for the sake of getting an inventory, however do any of the remaining make that a lot sense? Positive, Scott Davenport is a former Louisville assistant and a profitable Division II coach. Matta would possibly present extra curiosity than he did in Georgia. There are up-and-coming coaches who will be talked about primarily based on a quick-trigger event run.

However Mack has confirmed he is prepared for this job for the final 9 seasons. He hasn’t but reached a Remaining 4, however he could have at the very least the identical alternative to get there with Louisville, particularly given the sources he’d have out there. If there are any reservations about not reaching the Remaining 4, then identify a coach proper now who makes extra sense. 

This transfer is smart for Louisville, too, and you’ll nearly see the headline now: 

“Louisville hires Xavier coach Chris Mack.”

That needs to be in your information feed throughout the subsequent 72 hours. If not, then we’ll take into consideration making an inventory.

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