|"Eliminate Thornton: check."|
Filling Thornton's shoes will be Jeremy Growe, who has been a grad assistant with the team for the past two years. Coach Mack says that "Jeremy has done a great job during his two seasons in the program, and it made the decision on Brian's replacement an easy one. Jeremy is ready to take that next step and assume even more responsibility in the program." Growe has a degree in Sports Marketing and Management and his master's in Sports Administration. I don't know much about Growe beyond what you can find on goxavier.com, but if Coach Mack says he fits, I believe it.
|Unsubstantiated rumor states Mack was shocked by the offer.|
Coach Mack said all the right things at the announcement, thanking the school and the administration for the faith and support and professing his excitement about the upcoming years. Mack is 50-17 (.746) overall and 29-3 (.906) in the Atlantic 10 since taking over, so it's hard not to be excited about this as a Muskie fan. Coupled with the return of Tu Holloway and the highly-rated recruiting classes Mack has signed, the future looks very bright indeed for Xavier basketball.