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

Xavier head coach Chris Mack signs contract extension through 2020 season


Sometimes home is where the heart is (cliche alert!), and that is apparently the case for Xavier Musketeers head coach Chris Mack.

In a published release, the school announced that Mack has been issued a contract extension that will keep him on Xavier’s bench through the 2019-2020 season, and the head coach released this statement.

“We have lofty goals for our basketball program,” Mack said in a statement. “Xavier is a special place and the support from the entire Xavier Community is overwhelming. Xavier and the City of Cincinnati are home to me. As both an alum and the head coach, I am excited about the challenges ahead. Between our returning players and the new recruiting class, the coming years at Xavier will be special. We’re ready to get started right now.”

Many believed that an extension was coming for Mack, simply because he received well-chronicled interest from major conference schools during the off-season. It was reported that the trio of Tennessee, Wake Forest and California all made passes at Mack for their vacancies during March and April, and it is easy to see why after Xavier posted yet another 20-win season under his leadership.

It is exceedingly likely that Xavier, which is 111-57 under Chris Mack, will never reach the status of being a full-on power in major college hoops, but they are exceedingly relevant, and that is probably good enough.

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