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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 Comments for Louisville hiring Xavier’s Chris Mack

  1. Blue Hounddog
    4:59 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    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!

  2. Smyrna_Cat
    5:25 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    Hope Padgett gets a D1 job.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      6:13 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      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

  3. Racerr11
    6:11 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

    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.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      6:17 pm March 27, 2018 Permalink

      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