Tag:Chris Mack
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:13 pm
Edited on: March 25, 2011 9:26 pm

Source: Xavier's Mack rejects UT's overture

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
Posted on: October 22, 2009 5:12 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2009 5:15 pm

Xavier lands elite wing from Class of 2011

Dezmine Wells committed to Xavier on Thursday to give first-year coach Chris Mack his most heralded recruit to date.

Scout.com ranks Wells No. 60 in the Class of 2011.

"I just love everything Xavier has to offer," Wells told CBSSports.com by phone. "It's a great school."

Credit Mack and assistant Pat Kelsey for much of the work on this commitment. They both developed relationships in the state of North Carolina during stints as assistants at Wake Forest. So they know the area well, which helped them go into Raleigh and land Wells -- a 6-foot-4 wing from Word of God Christian Academy.

Furthermore, every Xavier coach allowed on the road visited Wells last week.

That type of attention made an impression.

"They did that for me, and I'm not even a senior in high school," Wells said. "It let me know that I was their top priority."
Posted on: September 1, 2009 8:03 am
Edited on: September 1, 2009 8:07 am

X's Mack already impressing A-10 commissioner

I wrote a column Monday about the widening gap between BCS and non-BCS schools in basketball, and in that column I mentioned how even the best non-BCS programs can't keep their coaches from jumping to a power league when the right job opens. Memphis and Xavier learned as much after last season. Thus R.C. Johnson (Memphis) and Mike Bobinski (Xavier) were forced to replace coaches, and both turned to assistants already in the program.

Fortunately for them, the moves seem to be working.

Memphis coach Josh Pastner already has a commitment from Will Barton (No. 3 in the Class of 2010 at MaxPreps.com), and barring a major surprise he'll also land Joe Jackson (No. 11 in the Class of 2010 at MaxPreps.com), sooner or later. Meantime, Xavier coach Chris Mack has commitments from Class of 2010 standouts Justin Martin and Jordan Latham, both of whom are in Scout.com's Top 100.

Martin is ranked 87th.

Latham is ranked 96th.

Dayton is the only other A-10 school with a Top 100 commitment.

And that's a good indication that Xavier should remain strong in the league.

"I think it's pretty impressive that Chris has already established himself and is not skipping a beat," said A-10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade. "I think Mike Bobinski and president [Michael] Graham made a great hire in staying with Chris -- somebody who really knew [Xavier] and believed in the system."
Posted on: April 14, 2009 1:37 pm

Xavier hires Mack

Xavier will promote Chris Mack to succeed Sean Miller as the school's head basketball coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

A press conference is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

Miller left Xavier last week to succeed Lute Olson at Arizona. Almost immediately, Mack was tabbed as the leading candidate, and his position was strengthened when Miller -- plus most of the players and recruits -- endorsed the 39-year-old assistant.

Mack is a former Xavier player and graduate of the school.

He inherits what should be a Top 25 team.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 8, 2009 6:44 pm

Mack interviews at Xavier

Xavier assistant Chris Mack interviewed for the school's vacant head coaching position Wednesday and appears to be the leading candidate to replace his old boss, a source has told CBSSports.com.

"I think it's his job to lose," the source said.

Miller accepted the Arizona job Monday and has subsequently endorsed Mack -- as have most of the players and recruits, plus the fan base (at least according to an online poll at the Cincinnati Enquirer ). Others who have been publicly connected to the job are Brad Stevens (Butler), Gary Waters (Cleveland State), Darrin Horn (South Carolina), Ken McDonald (Western Kentucky) and Fran McCaffery (Siena), though it's worth noting that McCaffery signed an eight-year contract with Siena on Wednesday and probably isn't a serious candidate.

Xavier should be a preseason Top 25 team next season.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 8, 2009 3:40 am
Edited on: April 8, 2009 3:53 am

The latest on Xavier's search for a new coach

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.

Posted on: April 6, 2009 11:06 pm

The coaching carousel is slowing down

DETROIT -- With Arizona, Memphis and Washington State all filling their head coaching vacancies Monday, the only remaining nationally relevant opening is at Xavier, and you have no idea how nice that is for those of us who follow this stuff. To be able to fly home and not worry with the coaching carousel is truly a blessing, most notably for my wife and son. And so on behalf of the Parrish family, I'd like to thank all the ADs who made this possible.

I owe you.

Anyway, Xavier?

Sources have told CBSSports.com (that's me) that athletic director Mike Bobinski is only considering Xavier assistant Chris Mack and experienced head coaches (like Siena's Fran McCaffery). My advice: Hire Mack and be done with it. "Chris is ready to become a head coach," is a quote from Sean Miller pulled directly from Mack's bio, and I'm inclined to believe it.

The 39 year-old Xavier graduate just finished his fifth season on Miller's staff after completing three seasons at Wake Forest under the late Skip Prosser. In other words, Mack has worked for two great coaches and established himself as a notable recruiter in the area. Plus, he's from the area. So this should be easy, and an easy search is a successful search ... as Arizona's Jim Livengood and Memphis' R.C. Johnson can attest after struggling to fill their vacancies.

Why put yourself through that, Mr. Bobinski?

Just give Mack this preseason Top 25 team and let him win the Atlantic 10.

Unlike Arizona and Memphis, Xavier doesn't need somebody to rebuild a program.

Xavier just needs somebody to guide what's already in place, and there's no reason Mack can't do that.

Category: NCAAB
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