Mike Davis steps down as Indiana head coach
Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Mike Davis’ tumultuous tenure at Indiana
University is over, as the head basketball coach resigned late Wednesday
night. The university has called a 3:30 p.m. Thursday news conference to
discuss the matter.
The Indianapolis Star reports that several university sources confirmed Davis’
resignation and that conversations had taken place in the past several days to
put together a buyout package.
However, Davis will remain the Hoosiers’ head coach until the end of the
Now in his sixth season as head coach, Davis has guided the Hoosiers to a
13-9 record this season, including a 5-6 mark in the Big Ten. Indiana lost
71-68 at Penn State on Wednesday. The Hoosiers have lost four straight and
six of their last seven games.
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.
The first coach in Indiana history to begin his tenure with three straight 20-
plus win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Davis has led
his team to a postseason appearance in four of his years at the helm.
All of the early accolades were not enough. Davis faced constant pressure from
people within and outside the athletic department and had suggested in recent
days that his time at Indiana may be coming to an end.
Late Wednesday, what many saw to be a forgone conclusion finally occurred.
The embattled coach failed to discuss his coaching future after the game
except saying that he had to talk to his team.
The 45-year-old Davis has a record of 109-76 during his tenure and has two-
plus years remaining on the contract he signed in May of 2002.