Chris Mack had a tremendous amount of success at Xavier, but the expectations are going to be quite a bit higher at Louisville. Mack may have experienced his first example of that even before he was formally introduced as the men’s basketball program’s next head coach.
On Wednesday afternoon, University of Louisville Athletic Association board member Bill Stone said Mack could be Louisville’s third Hall of Fame basketball coach.
“Culturally, he is a great fit,” Stone said.
University of Louisville Athletic Association board member Bill Stone says Chris Mack can be Louisville’s third Hall of Fame basketball coach. “Culturally he is a great fit.”
— Jeff Greer (@jeffgreer_cj) March 28, 2018
Denny Crum and Rick Pitino are the two Hall of Fame coaches that called Louisville home. Crum took over the Cardinals program in 1971 and led Louisville to the Final Four in his first season. During his 30-year tenure with the Cardinals, Crum won 675 games and 2 championships in 1980 and 1986.
Pitino, who had already won a national championship with Kentucky in 1996, became the Louisville coach when Crum retired in 2001. In 16 seasons with the Cardinals, Pitino won 416 games and captured the 2013 title (which the NCAA vacated this spring).
Other than David Padgett, who served as the Cardinals interim coach during this last season, Crum and Pitino are the only coaches Louisville has had in the last 46 years. Mack will have to extend that streak by quite a bit to also make the hall of fame.