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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 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.
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:14 pm

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Could someone please explain to me why in the world Rick Byrd of Belmont is a no-brainer choice to become Tennessee's basketball coach? Highly successful and experienced, NCAA's every year, quality student-athletes, a native and a grad - I don't understand.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:51 pm

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Hey Parrish, check your facts, Sidney Lowe resigned.  Granted he would have been fired if he hadn't stepped down, but "facts is facts" Check 'em!

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:35 pm

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

Wow, not a bad offer. I think Mack is a Xavier guy and won't leave until a real basketball power opens up, similar to Miller going to Arizona. Even then it will take a big offer to pry him away from us. (At least I hope so)

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