Tuesday , Mar , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mike Davis to remain Indiana head coach

Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Mike Davis will remain the head coach at
Indiana, despite speculation recently that his job was in jeopardy.

Davis has met with Indiana officials a number of times since the season ended
last week with a first-round loss to Vanderbilt in the National Invitation
Tournament. The Hoosiers completed the 2004-05 campaign with a record of 15-14
and are just 29-29 in the past two seasons.

“Coach Davis and I have reviewed every facet of the program, and we are both
committed to returning Indiana basketball to the level to which Indiana is
accustomed and to which we aspire,” said Indiana athletic director Rick
Greenspan in a statement.

“While we share this common goal and are both confident that it will be
reached, we also know that our record the last two years is not up to the
standards to which Indiana is accustomed and to which we aspire. This is why
we have set ambitious and achievable goals for next season of competing at a
very high level in the Big Ten Conference and successfully competing in the
NCAA Tournament.”

Indiana earned NCAA bids in each of Davis’ first three seasons, which included
a memorable run to the championship game in 2002, but the Hoosiers had an 18-
year run of NCAA Tournament appearances stopped in 2004 after a 14-15 record
— the school’s first losing mark since 1969-70.

“A number of our programs are nationally ranked, and we expect our basketball
program to compete at the highest level as well,” Greenspan added. “Given its
tradition and success, men’s basketball is our most visible sport and will
continue to be held to the same top standard.”

Davis has a record of 96-67 during his five-year tenure and has three years
remaining on the contract he signed in May of 2002.

“I am fully aware of the high standard of excellence set for this program,”
said Davis in a statement. “I understand the goals and accept full
responsibility of achieving these objectives. I think that our non-conference
slate and our success in Big Ten play have only helped our basketball team to
grow and mature. The future of Indiana basketball is certainly bright, and I
am excited to be a part of it.”

The Hoosiers, however, could be losing their top player next season, as junior
sharpshooter Bracey Wright has not yet decided if he will return or declare
for the NBA Draft.