louisville job would be high-risk, high-reward for chris mack
By Mike Gilpatrick
March 22nd, 2018
March 22nd, 2018
The University of Louisville will not renew Interim coach David Padgett’s contract. The coaching search has begun. Interim athletic director Vince Tyra stated that the Cardinals will hire an elite coach.
It appears that may be Chris Mack. Multiple rumors point to the Xavier head coach.
Mack’s elite. He led the Musketeers to three conference championships; including this year’s Big East title. Xavier has finished in the top-three of their conference six times. They’ve never finished with a losing record. Xavier has made the tournament every season except for 2012-13. Mack has led them to the Sweet-16 three times, and the Elite Eight once.
Mack has had the top-15 recruiting class two of the past four years, and six top-30 classes. That’s with a mid-major.
Louisville is still one of the better-known names in college basketball; and can draw four or five-star recruits. Mack can use a larger men's basketball budget, and the name on the jersey, to attract even higher-level recruits than Xavier.
Louisville can also give Mack an even larger contract. They can quadruple his salary, easily. But while it sounds like a good deal, Mack will be taking a risk if he comes to Louisville.
For starters, Mack will be leaving the school where he played, and graduated. He’ll be leaving the area where he raised his children, and spent close to his entire life in.
Mack will come into a program with a dark cloud over its head. Louisville still needs to worry about the current recruiting scandal and FBI investigation. While Tyra said the potential for the “death penalty,” or suspension of the men’s basketball program, is low; the NCAA is not known for its consistency. If the NCAA decides to throw the book yet again at Louisville, and hands down the death penalty, Mack will miss out on a few years on coaching.
If Mack comes to Louisville, he'll have no choice but to make it work. He'll be going all-in; leaving the area where he played high school basketball, and where he raised his family. Mack will be leaving the school where he graduated, and coached his first game. He'll be entering a program with a cloud over its head, but could provide him with the tools to reach the top tier of college basketball.
It’s a tough and risky decision. But the risk can bring a huge reward.