Thursday , Feb , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

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 officially announced the resignation at a Thursday
afternoon news conference.

Davis will remain on the Hoosiers’ bench until the end of the season.

Both Indiana president Dr. Adam W. Herbert and athletic director Rick
Greenspan reiterated that they were approached several times by Davis to
discuss his future with the program. After multiple meetings, it was mutually
agreed that a coaching change was in everyone’s best interest.

“It is a privilege and honor to coach at Indiana, one of the nation’s storied
programs,” said Davis. “Fans here are passionate about IU basketball, and I
respect that. It is important that we unite the program. Let’s unite the
former players. Let’s unite the fans. Let’s unite the alumni. We have five
games left before the postseason, and my staff and I are focused on putting
the team in the best position to succeed in March.”

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 has
lost four straight, including a 71-68 setback at Penn State on Wednesday,
and six of its last seven games.

After Wednesday’s game the embattled coach refused to discuss the situation
except to say that he had to talk to his team.

Indiana earned NCAA bids in each of Davis’ first three seasons, which included
a memorable run to the championship game in 2002. However, 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.

Davis, the first coach in Indiana history to begin his tenure with three
straight 20-plus win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances,
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.

“Don’t be sad for me, please don’t be sad for me,” said Davis. “This is like
the Mastercard commercial. It’s priceless what God has given me to be the head
basketball coach here.”

At Thursday’s news conference, what many thought to be a forgone
conclusion officially happened. Herbert and Greenspan took turns
discussing the difficulty Davis faced in replacing legendary coach Bob
Knight and the successes Davis achieved during his tenure.

“Coach Davis, thank you for your service to Indiana University during times
that have sometimes been very difficult for you,” Herbert said. “We deeply
appreciate your dedication to this university as demonstrated by your
willingness to place the future of our basketball program ahead of your own
personal interest.”

The direction then turned to Davis’ successor, with Greenspan promising a
nationwide search.

“I will begin to turn my attention to identifying the strongest possible
candidates to serve as the next head basketball coach at IU,” said Greenspan.
“I will seek the advice and counsel of a great many, scour the country and
eventually bring recommended candidates forward to the president.”

The 45-year-old Davis has a record of 109-76 during his tenure and had two-
plus years remaining on the contract he signed in May of 2002. The agreement
reached between Davis and the university will pay him $800,000.