Multiple reports are confirming that Louisville and coach Chris Mack have agreed on a a deal that would make Mack the head coach. Mack, 48, said in a tweet that "this situation offered a new and unique challenge that I could not turn down". The athletic association personnel committee meets at 2:30, with the trustees scheduled to convene at 3:15pm. The appropriate boards have not yet met to consider a contract.
Mack will be looking to do more than just replicate his on-court success from Xavier at Louisville, considering the program has been under the spotlight for the wrong reasons in recent years and could use some positive headlines. "Nor are the board members aware of any terms in a potential contract". (They lost to ninth-seeded Florida State in the tournament's second round.) Mack was named the Big East Coach of the Year.
Mack has been the head coach at Xavier for the past nine seasons, compiling a record of 212-96 and reaching the NCAA Tournament eight times.
The Louisville Cardinals have found their next head basketball coach.
Mack's immediate issue is luring recruits to Louisville after the program failed to sign prospects during last fall's early period in the investigation's aftermath.
Ultimately, this isn't too much of a surprise, as new Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said this week he wanted to have the coaching vacancy filled before the Final Four this weekend. He will become Louisville's third coach in a year following Pitino's firing last October and Padgett's promotion from second-year assistant.
David Padgett served as the interim coach over the past season. Louisville was also forced to vacate its 2013 national championship as well as every other win from the 2011 through 2015 academic years because ineligible student-athletes played for them. Mack would surely welcome either one of them back to a roster that likely returns sophomore guard V.J. King and freshmen Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora.
Mack takes over a program reeling from NCAA sanctions previous year that stripped the Cardinals of the 2013 NCAA championship.