Louisville boards to meet amid reports Mack will be out soon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville board of trustees and the school’s athletic association have scheduled a joint meeting Wednesday amid a report that coach Chris Mack will soon be out.

Tuesday’s agenda announcement said the two boards “will discuss proposed or pending litigation and personnel matters,” but did not mention Mack. Athletic reported on Tuesday evening that the fourth-year coach and the school were finalizing a separation agreement, pending board approval.

Louisville (11-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is likely to miss the NCAA Tournament for the second straight spring. The Cardinals have lost five of their last six games. They are 6-8 since the coach returned Dec. 1 from a six-game suspension by the school for failing to follow university guidelines in handling an extortion attempt. by fired assistant Dino Gaudio.

Louisville is also awaiting a decision from the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) on the NCAA allegations following a federal investigation into college basketball corruption. The IARP was created based on proposals from the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2018 to reform college basketball.

The governing body added additional allegations last fall, saying Mack had failed to maintain an atmosphere of compliance.

Louisville hired Xavier’s Mack in March 2018 to replace interim coach David Padgett, who took over after Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino was fired in October 2017 following the initial federal investigation. .

Mack is 63-36 in Louisville but 24-18 over the past 1 1/2 seasons. His 2019-20 team went 24-7, but the NCAA tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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