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Chris Mack will meet with Louisville this weekend


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It’s not time to sound the alarms, yet. But, maybe have your eyes peeled a bit more.

Chris Mack is set to meet with Louisville officials this weekend. This meeting will be concerning the open position of Cardinals men’s basketball head coach, of course. That position was left open earlier this week when interim coach Dave Padgett was informed that UL would be going in a different direction.

The news of this meeting was first reported by Jeff Greer of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Mack’s name is a hot one in the coaching circuit, and has been for sometime, of course. He’s yet to actually leave Xavier, despite a wide array of big-time coaching jobs becoming available over the past few years. UL is certainly an attractive spot, even with looming NCAA sanctions/penalties possibly on the horizon. They certainly have the want to win in basketball (not that Xavier doesn’t, of course) and probably have the ability to pony up a large sum to push towards Mack to entice him.

Whether or not Chris Mack accepts the job and fills the vacancy is yet to be seen. Should he do so, he would leave Xavier as one of its most successful coaches in the program’s history (which is saying a lot). Mack helped lead the Musketeers to their first Big East regular season championship this past season, a year in which they also acquired their first-ever No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He has gone 212-96 in his career at Xavier with three regular season championships (two in the Atlantic 10 and one Big East) and guided them to eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament in his nine years as a coach.