Morning Cup of Musketeer: Mack to Minnesota Unlikely

…because it doesn’t make sense. At least not as much as Minnesota’s Beat Writer Amelia Rayno might have you think.

- For starters, Mack is a Villa 7 guy – essentially (Norwood) Teague and (Mike) Ellis helped him get his first head coaching job and the relationship is there. I cannot state how much I have heard people connected with those two talk about how much coaches love to work with them.

- Secondly, Xavier just turned over its athletic director, with Mike Bobinski leaving for Georgia Tech’s AD job, meaning that the guy that hired Mack as a head coach is no longer there.

- There is a lot of change with Xavier right now – going to a new conference, operating under a new AD. Would it be as good a time

Dec 19, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack talks to forward Isaiah Philmore (31) in the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at U.S. Bank Arena. The Bearcats defeated the Musketeers 60-45. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

as any for Mack to leave?

She can’t state how much she’s heard people connected with those two talk about how much coaches love to work with  them? I bet she could. The turnover in ADs is probably the most convincing piece of evidence that could suggest a move. Those outside of Xavier University haven’t a clue as to the extent of the relationship between Chris Mack and Greg Christopher. But would it really make much sense that Bobinski, a good friend of Mack, doesn’t remotely consult Mack on his replacement? Not at all?

“A lot of change with Xavier right now” is a little vague. Xavier gets a new AD and a better conference. I suppose that’s change Mack could struggle with – a chance to continue playing in the Atlantic 10, thwarted by accepting the Big East’s  invitation.

Chris Mack is a hometown guy. Miller wasn’t. Matta wasn’t. Mack’s wife is a hometown girl.  Mack coaches his alma mater, where he played, and turned down $16 mil from Tennessee to do it. The move made sense for Matta. Made sense for Miller.

But if you’re going to trade in a Lexus, it better be for a Bimmer.

Topics: Big 10, Big East, Chris Mack, Gophers, Minnesota, Xavier Musketeers

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