Mar 17, 2014; Dayton, OH, USA; Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack takes question from the media before practice the day before the first round the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

California Golden Bears targeting Xavier coach Chris Mack

The California Golden Bears are targeting Xavier head coach Chris Mack to succeed the retired Mike Montgomery who stepped down after six seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances.

Mack, 44, wrapped up his fifth season with the Musketeers where his team was bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This year’s appearance in the big dance was his fourth appearance in his five years and has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice, once in 2010 and again in 2012.

He has two Atlantic 10 conference titles during his tenure and was the conference’s coach of the year in 2011following a 24-8 season with a 15-1 mark in the conference.

Mack also graduated from Xavier and played his final two seasons with the Musketeers. He had also been an assistant coach at Wake Forest in between coaching stints at his alma mater.

It may be a tough sell for California to pull Mack out of his alma mater and the first college to give him a coaching job and even more so considering he was born in Cleveland, graduated from St. Xavier high school in Cincinnati.

But perhaps he’s ready for a change and a new challenge at a bigger program in a tougher conference.

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