Chris Mack on the hot seat; Malik Williams speaks following Notre Dame loss

Things aren’t going so well for Chris Mack and Louisville basketball. Following a tumultuous offseason, Louisville sought to reset the agenda this season; however, things may be unraveling even further.

The Cards started 4-0 in ACC play, but Mack’s club has dropped four of its last five games. This stretch was punctuated with a 12-point loss on Saturday to Notre Dame, 82-70. Star guard Blake Wesley pumped in 22 points; the Irish drained 15 3-pointers. It was Louisville’s worst defensive performance of the season: 1.33 points per possession.

After the game, center Malik Williams — a fifth-year senior and one of the team’s captains — was asked by the media if he thought the team was tuning out the coaching staff. A visibly-frustrated Williams waited nearly 10 seconds before responding: “I don’t have a comment for that.”

Of course, Mack also missed the first six games of this season, while serving a suspension. Mack was suspended (without pay) by the university for a failure to follow university guidelines in dealing with the extortion attempt of former assistant coach Dino Gaudio.

With Mack out, the Cards went 5-1 and won the 2021 Bahamas Championship. Assistant coach Mike Pegues served as the acting head coach.

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