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CBS Sports Rates Chris Mack Hire as a Slam Dunk for Louisville

CBS Sports believes Louisville made a slam dunk hire when they landed Chris Mack to take over the men’s basketball program.

In rating the best hires of 2018 so far, this is what they said about Mack:

Louisville: Chris Mack
Previously: Head coach at Xavier
Career record: 215-97
NCAA Tournament record: 11-8
Regular-season conference championships: 3

Evaluation: Simple eval here. Mack was Louisville’s top target; the school landed said target. Given Mack’s profile on the market in the past three years (he was viewed as an A-level candidate), Louisville did the best it possibly could have done. That’s a slam dunk. Mack, 48, brings not just a big name and buzz to the hire, but a track record to back up the noise. He went to the NCAA Tournament in eight of his nine seasons at Xavier, plus took X to the Elite Eight and got the school to its first 1 seed in history. He’s outgoing, good with the media and built to handle all that comes with the Louisville job.

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After the Pitino predicament set the program back — and still might do so, given the NCAA is yet to investigate the transgressions uncovered by the FBI — the Cardinals might come out of this OK. Outside factors could still hinder the school going forward, but judging his hire based on who was available and who was attainable, Louisville was splendid.

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