In past seasons, the college basketball coaching carousel has droned loudly enough to keep the sport in the national headlines past March. While this season's version of musical chairs has been more subtle, there has been a tuba blast or two. In this and next week's posts, we'll look over the changes in the coaching landscape and try to guess what effect – if any– these figureheads will be able to forge in the coming season. Let's start with arguably the biggest hire and look at the ripples it created.
The Rick Pitino era is officially over in Louisville, although none of his ousting was his responsibility (as it never is according to departed leaders). David Padgett kept the Cardinals above water for a season, but he might as well have added the word interim to his name. It looked as if Mack would stay at Xavier for a long time, especially considering he led the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament eight times and garnered a one-seed in last year's Big Dance. Over his tenure, the coach facilitated a number of high scoring guards: Jordan Crawford, Tu Holloway, and Trevon Bluiett all come to mind. The 2018-19 Cardinals do not appear to have a guard like that can be a big scorer, though graduate transfers Christian Cunningham from Samford and Khwan Fore from Richmond should solidify the Louisville backcourt. Keep an eye on sophomore Malik Williams to possibly break out.
As they usually do, the Musketeers