Head coach Chris Mack staying at Xavier

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Chris Mack has been mentioned heavily with the vacancies at Wake Forest and California in the past month, but the Xavier head coach has decided to stay with the Musketeers.

After Danny Manning got the Wake Forest job, most expected Mack's spot on the coaching carousel was done for the season. And then it was reported this past week that Mack had been targeted by California as a replacement for Mike Montgomery.

On Saturday, though, Mack decided to remain in Ohio.

"I've had several opportunities to make more money over the last four or five years," Mack told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Some of the opportunities have remained under the radar and some haven't. I've always felt so much better about the entirety of the situation at Xavier than I have about any other perceived opportunities."

"At the end of the day, Xavier's where my heart is. It's not about money. It's about the right fit. I like what we're building at Xavier, and it's what I'm completely committed to."

Xavier has gone to four NCAA Tournaments in five seasons under Mack, going 111-57 with two Sweet 16 appearances.

The Musketeers fell in the First Four this season, and now have to replace their top two scorers: Semaj Christon, who left early for the NBA, and Justin Martin, who decided on Friday afternoon to transfer elsewhere for his final season of eligibility. Starting forward Isaiah Philmore is also gone.

Xavier will lean on Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds down low, while Dee Davis and Myles Davis are the leading returnees on the perimeter. Mack will also count on a deep and talented recruiting class, led by Indiana transfer Remy Abell and four-star recruit Trevon Bluiett.

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