University of Louisville introduces Chris Mack as new basketball coach

WCPOPublished: March 28, 2018
Published: March 28, 2018

Former Xavier coach Chris Mack made a great first impression as new Louisville coach Wednesday, calling it "an opportunity of a lifetime" and promising that he would never leave for another coaching job. "I will work my ass off every single day to make you proud of Louisville basketball," Mack said. Mack, who stands to make $28 million on a seven-year deal, acknowledged the FBI investigation and the dark clouds over the program following the sex and payoff scandals under previous coach Rick Pitino, but he said he wasn't afraid of possible NCAA sanctions or the challenge of restoring the program to its honor. "I wouldn't have come here if I didn’t believe this place can shine again," Mack said. Speaking directly to the Louisville fans, Mack said: "I know these past few months have been unbelievably difficult. They say the darkest clouds elicit the brightest lightning bolt. That lightning bolt is coming. That's not me, that's these guys (Louisville players). I urge you to fill the Yum. Let’s give these guys a chance. Let's get this place rocking," Mack said. "It's time to turn the page and start building something special."

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