Sean Miller wants Chris Mack to succeed him at Xavier.
"I'm hopeful that happens," Miller said at his Arizona news conference. "I think it would be a great choice."
As do the readers of the Cincinnati Enquirer . Nearly 60 percent of those responding to an online poll want Mack to be Xavier's next coach. In third place is Siena's Fran McCaffery with 9.4 percent (as I type), although McCaffery's comments to a New York radio station suggest he might not even be on Xavier's radar.
"I’d like to be the coach of the Lakers, but they didn’t call me," McCaffery said when asked about the Xavier opening. "There’s no sense talking about a job where nobody has expressed any interest in me." Also worth noting: At least one New York media outlet is reporting that McCaffery is on the verge of signing an extension with Siena. An announcement could come as early as Wednesday.
Other names in the online poll are Brad Brownell (Wright State), Brad Stevens (Butler), Ken McDonald (Western Kentucky), John Groce (Ohio), Louis Orr (Bowling Green), Jim Christian (TCU) and Darrin Horn (South Carolina).
Horn is the lone BCS-affiliated coach of the listed candidates.
But would he really leave the SEC for the A-10?
Answer: It's possible considering Horn is the lowest paid coach in the SEC East. According to published reports, Horn -- i.e., the man who just led South Carolina to a tie for first in the SEC East -- makes roughly $800,000 per year. That number is dwarfed by the salaries of Billy Donovan (Florida), John Calipari (Kentucky), Bruce Pearl (Tennessee), Kevin Stallings (Vanderbilt) and Mark Fox (Georgia), the last of whom left Nevada for Georgia last week and signed a deal worth $1.3 million per year.