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Louisville hires Chris Mack as new men’s basketball coach

Louisville has its man, and it’s the one we all thought it was going to be.

NCAA Basketball: Seton Hall at Xavier Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville has officially hired Xavier’s Chris Mack to be its new men’s basketball coach. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman officially broke the story Tuesday afternoon.

Mack becomes just Louisville’s third full-time head coach since 1971. He leaves Xavier as the school’s all-time winningest coach, posting a 212-96 wins over nine seasons. Mack led the Musketeers to eight NCAA tournament appearances over those nine years, making the second weekend of the tournament four times.

Aside from simply hiring one of the hottest names in coaching, it’s comforting to see Louisville target a name and land that name in short order. Over the last few years we’ve seen too many coaching searches at too many high profile programs get embarrassing for that not be at least something of a concern. Now it isn’t.

I’ve got plenty more coming tonight once I’m off radio, but for now, it’s Mac & Me McDonald’s dance party time.