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Louisville hiring Xavier’s Chris Mack


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After several days (weeks?) of speculation, Louisville finally has its man. According to Jeff Goodman, Louisville and Xavier’s Chris Mack have agreed to a seven-year deal worth roughly $4 million per season. An official announcement is expected tomorrow.

Mack is Xavier’s all-time winningest coach, with a 212-96 record, three Sweet 16 appearances, and one Elite Eight appearance. This year, the Musketeers won the Big East regular season title and were a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Mack will replace interim coach David Padgett, who took over when Rick Pitino was dismissed in September amid the FBI’s investigation into college hoops.

This is a great hire for Louisville and I’m a little bitter because it appears Mack’s bringing his assistant Luke Murray, son of Bill Murray, with him, which means we’ve got several years of seeing Bill cheer for Louisville ahead of us. Dangit.

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37 responses to “Louisville hiring Xavier’s Chris Mack”

  1. GeraldFitch

    Coach Cal would still kick his ass tho

    1. Bull Filmer

      He kinda looks like Terry Meiners’ stunt zero.

  2. Jiminy Crickets

    Mack is good coach, but not elite. Has 58% win record in NCAA, with only 68% in A10

    1. JTHinton

      Xavier play in the big east

    2. Jiminy Crickets

      First 4 years were A10

    3. Jiminy Crickets

      They went big east 5 years ago. But… the 68% win percentage was his time during both

    4. Jiminy Crickets

      From 2007-2009 (3years) Sean miller took them to wins of 25, 30, and 27, 3 straight A10 conference titles. Mack took over in 2009, and had similar success in first 2 years, but then led them to double digit loss seasons 5 out of 6 seasons, finished 6th in last A10 season, and finished of 6th and 7th in Big East, and including being and losing as a play-in team in NCAA.
      This guys resume is worse than Shaka Smart

  3. Jiminy Crickets

    Xavier, under Mack, has been more known for fights on the court, than NCAA wins

    1. a21CATSfan

      Good fit for the Ville.

    2. Optional Facts

      That was indicative of who they were playing. Cronin would have fit perfect at UofL.

    3. unbridled

      Optional facts, I strongly disagree. The fight with uc was completely antagonized by Xavier players. They were a rough bunch. Kinda funny that that fight sent the high hopes for that season into a death spiral. Those kids were straight up punks.

    4. unbridled

      Also….I detest Cronin and actually like Mack. So much for that. Loathe them both now.

  4. david8577

    That’s a great hire for them given the possible death penalty coming to UofL. To be known around the world as the epicenter of cheating, scandals, and general repugnance, and still get a decent coach, says a lot about Tyra.

  5. TB112162

    Cincinnati radio station says Xavier offered him 35 million over 10 years and Louisville 28 million over 7 years so that tells me he didn’t think he could take Xavier any further than he has he now becomes public enemy number 1

    1. unbridled

      I’m sure his contract with ul is loaded with incentives…not to mention possible endorsement deals. He’ll also be able to recruit at an elite level. No brained decision for Mack.

  6. Jiminy Crickets

    Double digit losses at Xavier 5out of last 7 seasons, with a single elite 8 appearance in his career

  7. Smyrna_Cat

    Is Luke in charge of the Strippers now???

    1. Bull Filmer

      Actually, Bill Murray will be.

  8. specks

    Wife’s family is from Louisville, more money, larger budget. Was bound to happen.

  9. lexslamman

    I actually think David Padgett did a good job this year, as much as it hurts to admit it.

  10. secrick

    Good hire for Cheaterville.

  11. TB112162

    He was 1-10 vs Villanova

    1. suppie

      don’t forget about nova’s 18.4 average margin of victory.

  12. jahanc2uky

    I give it 5 years.

  13. BBNDan7

    Mack is an average coach. This is an average hire

    1. Bull Filmer

      Belknap and uavel: that’s an average commuter college.

  14. Duff86

    Don’t kid yourself, Mack came to UofL for the money, not because of Tyra. He’s getting paid.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      He was reportedly offered 3.5mil/year to stay at Xavier, and took Louisville for reported 4mil. Not that big of a pay difference, to take over that dumpster fire program on I65

    2. FlySoup

      Jiminy- $500k per year over 7 years is a lot of money to most people

  15. Headhurts

    Did they interview any Minority coaches?

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Kenny Payne

    2. david8577

      Yes, he’s bald and most people aren’t bald, so that makes him a minority.

  16. Blue Hounddog

    I live in NKY – know the entire Mack family. First class guy all the way. I will be rooting for him in every game except the UK game. Glad UK kept Kenny Payne!

  17. Smyrna_Cat

    Hope Padgett gets a D1 job.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      He’s supposedly a top candidate a few lower end D1 programs. I had this convo with an influential UL supporter, but I can’t remember the names of the schools he mentioned, but they’re not household names

  18. Racerr11

    Middle of the pack coach at best and very little difference in pay so makes no sense. I can’t imagine why he would want the job or anyone else as far as that goes. Seems like a really bad decision on his part. Now if it was to be honest for his wife that would be the only thing that makes sense. Cal is 9-2 against Louisville since being at UK 8-2 while pitino was there so that trend should continue . Mack and pitino bout the same, Mack 1 elite 8 in 9 years pitino no championships in 16 years at louisville so they have lots in common.

    1. Jiminy Crickets

      Pitino was 10x coach Mack is. I think he will be good for UL, he’s a great guy (I personally don’t know him, but have quite a few friends in southern Ohio that know him) and will do things right. But if UL thinks he’s going to compete with UNC, Duke,UVA they’re likely going to not like the results