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Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: December 10, 2011 4:55 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Chris Mack didn't see it coming. 

"I've been a part of this rivalry and guys talk on both sides every year," Xavier's head coach told "This was as clean a game as I've seen. The only technical was for me arguing a goaltending call." 

"I didn't see it escalating to that point," he added. 

By that point, he meant the brawl that ensued with nine seconds left - one that included an array of punches thrown from both sides and one that left Kenny Frease on the ground with blood gushing from his eye, courtesy of a Yancy Gates right hand. 

Mack said he will watch the tape later tonight, but was obviously disappointed - especially since the fracas overshadowed a terrific performance from his team. 

"Both sides are at fault," he said. "It was terrible the way it ended." 

Mack also said he regrets not pulling his starters - Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons and Kenny Frease - late with the game in hand. 

"They were pressing at the end and there wasn't a dead ball," he said. "In hindsight, I should have called a timeout - but I didn't want to be that coach who calls a timeout, rubbing it in their face." 

"But I wish I would have," Mack added. 

Mack said he expects the A-10 to take action within the next day - as far as suspensions were concerned. 

"I couldn't even begin to say who will or should get suspended," Mack said. "I need to watch the tape." 

"But one thing I do know," he added. "Is that it takes away from the game and the rivalry -- and it shouldn't be like that." 


Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:41 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

I am sick and tired of the "gangsta" mentality. Teach these kids this is college ball not the playground in the hood. geez, Xavier is a catholic school not a thug life club.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:35 am

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

Something is definitely wrong when the coach of Xavier couldn't see the buiding up of the problem that led to the brawl.  I think he must have his head in the sand.  It shows is lack of ability to read his players and to have a total picture of what is happening on the court.  Players from both sides should be suspended and taught the valuable lesson that life is more than a basketball game.

Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 2:07 am

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

I agree here for the most part here, stuckio, as Mack has had some control problems with his players in the past (I'm thinking back to a report on how the Xavier players broke off drinking fountains in the Butler locker rooms after losing in a strange circumstance last year). Mack has had some issues in the past as well with losing his temper (and obviously that came through a little today with the technical). That being said, after last year's problem at Butler, there wasn't a peep about bad behaviour throughout the rest of the season and I'm going to go ahead and assume the same here.
 Chris Mack knows exactly what he can and cannot do in relation to his players and he will takes his pound of flesh however he can take it.

You're right he didn't hear the moronic responses of his team members at the press conference and if word does get back to him as to what these guys are talking about, I'm going to bet that it will not be heard again. If it is, then I, as a Xavier alum, will be done watching Xavier games this year. Tu needs to sit for a good chunk of time until he gets his attitude adjusted and he makes a public apology for his actions and his words. Any other member of the team in there throwing punches should do the same. I'm ashamed of calling myself a fan of Xavier today. I hope that by our next game, that pride will be restored and I can actually enjoy being the fan of a top-ten undefeated college basketball program.

Good luck to UC the rest of the year.  

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:13 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

This is one of many things that Mack did not see tonight.  He did not see his players come up and give a press conference where they said they were a bunch of gansta in the locker room (Nice for the Xavier's catholic roots).  That they are going to zip it up (Meaning we are going to put our enemies in body bags).  Mack did not see that it was a bad idea to have his players go infront of cameras and give interviews.  He also said that he did not see it as a bad idea to leave his senior starters in up 20.  I like how I heard the fools that were calling the game saying a UC senior should have pulled the Freshman to the side.  Instead of saying the Xavier Senior needed to walk away from the UC freshman.  Mack also does not see himself as having the power to do anything to his team.  He is not in the situation of having the power. He does not see his player turning and yelling at the other teams bench.  I hope Xavier's president "sees" this as he has no control and lets hime go.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:10 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

That photographer has a nice butt

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:34 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

Wes Coffee says Hi to Chris Mack

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:14 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

You're probably gonna want to mention the team Xavier's playing against at some point in the article (Cincy). It's really just good journalism. Well, it should just be considered OK journalism. Maybe you guys at cbs should start holding slightly higher standards? 

Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:14 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

lee3022 Beautifully said. You're good!

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:09 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

That would be Micks job, not Macks

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:48 pm

Xavier's Mack regrets not calling timeout

No basketball fan likes what happened here. The game is played at an emotional high but those emotions must be channeled to the basketball plays and not the personal vendettas. Trash talking is a part of the game I don't like either but that seems to be endemic on some team. Other teams' coaches pull any player who is too demonstrative or negative in his trash talk and would likely have prevented this fight.

So the first charge is on the coaches and at least Mack is owning some of his part. Now teach your kids, coach. Teach them to respect the game, the ball and their opponent. Winning with respect is always a better feeling. Winning with class is always better than acting like thugs. Keep your cool, play hard and appreciate that the outcome is only what it is and not what it should be. That is the beauty of the game. On a given day, either team might win. The NCAA needs to also set tough standards for outcomes like this. I cannot presume to judge this one. As coach Mack says, they need to review the films. But the outcome will not likely permanently take away scholarships or kick any kids off the team. They made mistakes. They are in college to learn to overcome their mistakes.

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