- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 14, 2009

CINCINNATI (AP) - Xavier has promoted assistant Chris Mack to succeed Sean Miller as basketball coach.

The university said Tuesday there will be a news conference Wednesday .

Mack was the top assistant to Miller, who left last week to coach Arizona. He inherits a team that went 27-8 last season and reached the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament before losing to Pittsburgh.

Mack has no head coaching experience but close ties to Xavier. He played for the school and was a two-time captain before graduating in 1992.

He was director of basketball operations at the Jesuit school from 1999 to 2001. He spent three seasons as an assistant to Skip Prosser at Wake Forest before returning to Xavier as an assistant cin 2004.

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