IU not done with Davis

IU not done with Davis

Announcement expected today to confirm coach is staying at IU

By Doug Wilson, H-T Sports Writer

March 22, 2005

Indiana University is expected to announce today that it will keep Mike Davis as its men’s basketball coach.

A source close to the university administration said early Monday that IU would issue a news release that afternoon confirming Davis will continue as IU’s coach for a sixth season, but late in the day, the timing of the news release was pushed back to today.

The delay involves notifying all appropriate university officials before making a public announcement.

Toward the end of a 10-6 Big Ten season, most observers thought Davis was assured of returning next season because of the young talent on his team and the Hoosiers’ improvement during the course of the season.

But a season-ending pair of poor performances in the Big Ten Tournament and the National Invitation Tournament ignited a forest fire of speculation that Davis might not be back after all.

That speculation hit its peak after a report during the weekend by an Indianapolis television station that Davis had told his players he was going to leave IU to become coach at Tulane. The report was incorrect, according to Davis and the source close to IU’s administration.

The absence of any statement by IU’s administration that Davis would return next season has fueled speculation.

In addition to a news release today, Davis and IU athletic director Rick Greenspan are expected to be available in the next day or two to answer questions from reporters.

After a 15-14 record this year, Davis is 96-47 in five years as IU’s head coach. He has three years remaining on a contract that runs through June 30, 2008.

The Hoosiers’ 29-29 record during the past two seasons hasn’t gone over well with IU fans. But a strong 2004 freshman class and an impressive group of 2005 newcomers had many people saying Davis should be given another year.