Blog Entry

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 9:26 pm
 
NEW ORLEANS -- Tennessee contacted Chris Mack this week via Parker Executive Search and told the Xavier coach the school was prepared to offer a deal of nearly $2 million a year for eight years to replace Bruce Pearl, a source close to the SEC program told CBSSports.com on Friday.

Mack rejected the overture, according to the source.

UT's search has since moved on to secondary candidates.

An attempt to reach Mack for comment was not immediately successful.

Tennessee ended its relationship with Pearl last Monday because of recruiting violations that led to a notice of allegations from the NCAA. The school is set to appear before the committee on infractions in June and will likely face further sanctions. That's why Tennessee is willing to give a coach eight years, a source said, because its next coach will almost certainly inherit a decimated roster and face a tough rebuilding job in the SEC East.

Mack has gone 50-17 in two seasons at Xavier.

The Xavier graduate has won Atlantic 10 titles and made the NCAA tournament both years.

Parker Executive Search is an Atlanta-based company that assists schools during coaching searches at a rate of around $75,000. Tennessee and North Carolina State are currently using Parker Executive Search. N.C. State is trying to replace Sidney Lowe. He was fired earlier this month after five seasons.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 11:48 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

This is a school that loses coaches all the time, yet never misses a beat and is almost always a lock to win the A-10 and make the Sweet 16, one of only three teams to ever make three consecutive Sweet 16s (Duke and MSU the others).

I respect Xavier Basketball tremendously.  I actually respect any non-Big Six school that wins on a consistent basis.  That's why I know Memphis went to three straight Elite 8's from 2006-08.  I'm guessing there have to be other schools, as well, but I'm just standing up for the Tigers. Smile

Now that the fact checking is done, I just want to say the Vol job might be hard to fill.  Pearl did wonders in making it attractive, but then he ended up leaving it in disarray.  I get the feeling any "hot" coach is going to grab at one of the other openings before this one.  i foresee a retread or maybe someone who has never been a head coach before, a la the Josh Pastner scenario.  Anyway, good luck Vols!  I love to hate you, so hire someone good. Wink



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 8:56 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

The NCAA didn't go to a field of 64 until 1985, so making the Sweet 16 back in the days of OSU or Cincy's 1960 runs consisted of winning one game.  Same thing w/ UCLA in the Wooden days.  I think the original poster was referring to modern day tournament structure



Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:49 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

HI.  i, too, am a huge KentuckY fan.  Just wanted to set you straight on a few things about X.  They are, arguably, THE best men's basketball program in the nation...right now.  No program has promoted, lost, promoted, lost, and promoted more great coaches.  Yr-after-yr-after-yr they are playing great basketball despite losing FIVE (5) coaches and they are STILL pounding on the door; and will, very likely, cave it in within the next five years (i.e. make to the Final Four).So, when you say "marginally successful mid-major" you clearly have not done your homework.  The book is still being written about Coach Mack but after THE most successful track record at Xavier, rest assured, he will product just like all of his recent predecesors.Go KATS!



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:09 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

I'm from Cincinnati, and have always been more of a UC fan, but I have to admit that the Xavier athletic department may be the best in the country. This is a school that loses coaches all the time, yet never misses a beat and is almost always a lock to win the A-10 and make the Sweet 16,

one of only three teams to ever make three consecutive Sweet 16s (Duke and MSU the others).

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Whoah, where does that come from?  Ohio State and UC both made three finals in a row in the early 60s and that's not even talking about UCLA's run.




Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:33 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

This guy will be one of many that will reject Tennesse's offer! Tongue out



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:08 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

LMAO.....lemme get this straight.......UT waits until he has distracted them into an early exit from the tourney to fire the most obvious and worse liar in sports; allows their moron of an AD to issue a statement that left the liar and their team twisting in the wind; listed the most unbelievable list of coaches they were going to focus on (who do they think they are??? UK?????); and then, despite that impressive, tho highly unrealistic list, ask a marginally succesful coach from a marginally succesful mid-major....and get told basically to f&^k off.  This is so good it HAS to be fattening!!!  ROFLMMFAO



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 12:01 am
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

I'm from Cincinnati, and have always been more of a UC fan, but I have to admit that the Xavier athletic department may be the best in the country. This is a school that loses coaches all the time, yet never misses a beat and is almost always a lock to win the A-10 and make the Sweet 16, one of only three teams to ever make three consecutive Sweet 16s (Duke and MSU the others). I hope that by hiring an alumni, they can get some consistency. Here are a list of notable Xavier coaches in the past decade:
The late Skip Prosser - Wake ForestThad Matta - OSUSean Miller - Arizona



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 11:48 pm
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

I agree,  Mack needs to stay with Xavier.  He has done very well for them thes few yrs.  It was sad that Miller left but he is doing very well with Arizona.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:33 pm
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Rick Byrd is too old. Case closed.




Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Saying that Sidney Lowe 'resigned' is like saying that Saddam Hussein retired.



The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com