Davis fined $10,000 by Big Ten

Davis fined $10,000 by Big Ten

Remarks violated league agreement on ‘sportslike conduct’

By Stan Sutton, Herald-Times Sports Editor

January 4, 2002

The Big Ten Conference Thursday levied a $10,000 fine against Indiana University for remarks made by IU basketball coach Mike Davis last Saturday.

Indiana coach Mike Davis shares a laugh with an official during a game at North Carolina. Staff Photo by David Snodgress
From the Jan. 4, 2002 Bloomington Herald-Times

The Big Ten announced Thursday night that it had accepted the university’s findings that Davis violated a conference agreement on “sportslike conduct” with his comments at a press conference following the Hoosiers’ 66-64 loss to Butler in Indianapolis.

Davis was especially disturbed by a technical called against him with 2:10 to play and IU leading by a point.

“You watch the game and you watch how we get hosed down everywhere we go in clutch situations,” he said. “It’s going to be that way when we go to Iowa. It’s going to be that way when we go to Illinois. It’s going to be that way when we go to Michigan State. It keeps going on and on.”

The Big Ten publicly reprimanded the second-year coach and apparently gave the university the option of a one-game suspension or paying the fine.

“I made a mistake and take full responsibility for my actions,” Davis said in a statement released Thursday night by IU. “I respect and understand the decision that the Big Ten has made. I apologize to the Big Ten, Indiana University and its fans for the way I reacted. I am confident that I will learn from this incident.”

Fines or suspensions by the conference are not unprecedented for Indiana coaches.

Former football coach Bill Mallory was suspended one game for criticizing the officiating in a 1991 game against Michigan.

Former basketball coach Bob Knight was fined $10,000 in 1998 after a run-in with official Ted Valentine.

Davis apologized to fans following Indiana’s victory at Northwestern Wednesday night, saying, “You’ll see a nicer, kinder coach Davis no matter what goes wrong.”