Since before Louisville officially announced that interim coach David Padgett would not be retained, it’s been assumed that Xavier coach Chris Mack would be the top candidate for the Cardinals head coaching vacancy.
On Thursday, Mack’s candidacy became official when news broke that Louisville had scheduled an official meeting with Mack to discuss the position.
Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported that Mack would visit with Louisville officials this weekend. Interim athletic director Vince Tyra had previously ducked a question about the veracity of claims that Mack was being considered the top candidate for the job.
The biggest obstacle with Mack, whose No. 1-seeded Xavier Musketeers were upset by Florida State in the Round of 32 last weekend, will ultimately be that he’s an Xavier alum and was a long-time assistant there before taking the head job. While Louisville can off Mack a sizable raise from the reported $1.7 million salary he’s earning, they’ve also got significant NCAA and FBI issues looming.
Missing on Mack would put Louisville in a difficult situation in an underwhelming coaching market. And Louisville is unfortunately the type of deep-pocketed but flawed opportunity many coaches could be interested in exploiting to earn themselves raises this offseason.
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