Reports: Mike Davis resigns

Reports: Mike Davis resigns

SI.com reports Mike Davis has already resigned, but will stay on through rest of the season

by Doug Wilson, H-T Sports Writer

February 16, 2006

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – After Wednesday night’s 71-68 loss at Penn State, Indiana basketball coach Mike Davis refused to answer questions about whether he has resigned.

Indiana men’s basketball coach Mike Davis paces the sidelines during the first half of the Hoosiers’ game against Penn State Wednesday night at University Park, Pa. The Hoosiers lost, 71-68. The Sports Illustrated Web site reported Wednesday night that Davis resigned as the head coach of the Hoosiers. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
From the Feb. 16, 2006 Bloomington Herald-Times

Midway through the second half of the 71-68 loss, Sports Illustrated posted a story on its Web site, SI.com., saying Davis has resigned. The story cited an unidentified source in the IU athletic department saying Davis informed IU officials more than a week ago of his decision to resign, effective at the end of the season.

The report said Davis has reached a contract settlement with the university and will continue to coach through the end of the season. It said an announcement of his resignation could come as soon as today.

At Wednesday’s post-game press conference, a reporter told Davis there was a report out that he had worked out a deal to resign. Davis said he had just heard of the report when doing his post-game radio interview with Don Fischer, but was not going to discuss it.

“I’m not going to answer anything about my job,” Davis said. “I’ve said that today. I’ve said that the other day. I’m not commenting on anything but the game tonight and the game next week.”

IU Associate Athletic Director Tim Fitzpatrick was at the game and said he had no knowledge of Davis resigning last week or of a contract settlement with IU.

“I don’t know anything at all regarding that,” Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick said he had last talked with IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan – who did not attend the game – just before the game, and Greenspan didn’t say anything about Davis resigning.

Late Wednesday night, Mike DeCourcy of SportingNews.com, also reported that Davis will resign his position at the end of the season. DeCourcy cited an anonymous source “close to the IU basketball program” saying Davis planned to tell his players about his resignation Wednesday night after the game and announce his decision at a news conference today.

IU junior Rod Wilmont said after the game that Davis hadn’t told the team anything about resigning. Wilmont made the remarks just before getting on a team bus to the airport, where the team would again be together with Davis on the way back to Bloomington.

“I don’t know what’s going on,” Wilmont said. “I’m here to play. I see stuff on TV, but everybody sees that. My mom sees that. You know as much as I do.”

Davis was asked if refusing to comment wouldn’t just fan the flames of speculation that he actually had resigned.

“If I say something, I’ll say the wrong thing,” Davis responded. “Trust me, I’ve been on TV the last three days and I need to just keep my mouth quiet and focus on our basketball team.”

IU junior Errek Suhr was asked if Davis had said anything about resigning to the team, and responded that he had no comment.

During the Big Ten weekly coaches’ teleconference Monday, Davis was asked why IU fans are so demanding of their coach. He responded that IU needs one of its own, a coach who played at IU, so fans will embrace him.

On Tuesday, Davis was asked if had resigned and seemed to indicate he had not, but on further review, may have left himself some wiggle room with his wording.

“I’m not quitting,” Davis told Sporting News Radio. “I’m going to coach the remainder of the season. We’re right there at making the tournament; we’re right there. Now someone has to lose for us to have a chance to win the conference championship, but everything is right there.”

After missing the Iowa game Saturday with a flu-like illness, Davis did not return calls from The Herald-Times Saturday evening and Sunday.

An e-mail Monday to Greenspan, who was at a meeting in Florida, also was not answered.

IU spokesman Larry MacIntyre, contacted by cell phone late Wednesday evening, also would not confirm a report that a press conference announcing Davis’ resignation was scheduled for this morning in Bloomington.

MacIntyre also seemed to dismiss other reports that the timing of the announcement was dependent on IU athletic director Greenspan’s return from a athletic directors’ conference, and that Greenspan wished to talk to the team before any official announcement was made.

“Rick (Greenspan) was in Bloomington today,” MacIntyre said. “He did not make the trip to Penn State.

“I can speak for the A.D., and we’re not going to confirm, not going to deny and not going to speculate on any of these reports tonight.”