EDITOR'S NOTE: At the beginning of the college basketball season, reporter Shannon Russell spent a day shadowing Xavier coach Chris Mack. Mack, who won three different national coach of the year, is being talked about in media circles as the best coach in the country after leading Xavier to the Elite Eight. That's why we have resurfaced this story.
Picture the morning of Nov. 3, two days before the men’s basketball exhibition game between No. 7 Xavier and Division II Ferris State.
Chris Mack arrives at the Cintas Center with a hot coffee, a lengthy to-do list and a constant observer in this reporter, who’s documenting a day in the life of the National Coach of the Year.
Today will be unique, Mack said, because no two days on the job are ever the same. Even the start times differ.
“Sometimes I take the kids to school. Sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I get film in at night and stay up way too late and sleep in the next day a little bit longer. That’s the thing, I think, about the life of any coach. It’s hard to be really routine,” Mack said, sitting at the desk in his office.
Here's a look at how the Musketeers eighth-year coach spent this day.