Davis to Leave IU Basketball Program at End of 2005-06 Season
Feb. 16, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University President Dr. Adam W. Herbert and Athletics Director Rick Greenspan announced Thursday (Feb. 16) that men's basketball coach Mike Davis will depart the program at the conclusion of the Hoosiers' 2005-06 season.
Davis said the decision was the result of a discussion he initiated with President Herbert about the future of the team. After discussions with Herbert and Greenspan, it was mutually agreed that a coaching change was in the best interest of the university.
Davis said he decided to make his departure public at this time to put an end to speculation about his status, which he said has been a distraction to his players. He hopes that removing the uncertainty about his future at IU will enable his players to concentrate their focus on the remaining games to be played this season.
"It is a privilege and honor to coach at Indiana, one of the nation's most storied programs," Davis said. "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 this team in the best position possible to succeed in March."
President Herbert expressed his deep appreciation for Davis' service and devotion to the Hoosiers.
"In becoming the basketball coach here in Bloomington, Coach Davis assumed one of the most difficult challenges any coach can accept - following a legendary predecessor," Herbert said. "He has responded to these challenges with character, graciousness, concern for the welfare of his players and a determination to raise our program into the ranks of the best in the nation.
"Like so many of our Hoosier fans, I am very proud of the fact that during his tenure at IU, Mike has led a team to the final game of the NCAA tournament. Despite injuries that have clearly impacted our current team, IU has been ranked in the top 25 for most of this season."
Greenspan echoed Herbert's appreciative comments.
"Mike is a knowledgeable basketball coach who has a very genuine approach with his players," Greenspan said. "Mike has worked extremely hard through challenging conditions and high expectations, and we certainly appreciate his efforts. Our objective remains the same -- to insure that all of the resources are in place so that the players can fulfill their goals of championship performance in the classroom and on the court."
Davis was the first coach in IU history to open his tenure with three straight 20-plus win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances, Davis directed the Hoosiers to a share of the 2002 Big Ten championship and an appearance in the 2002 national championship game. Davis led IU to postseason appearances four of the last five years and has defeated 21 nationally-ranked opponents in his tenure. The 13-9 (5-6 Big Ten) Hoosiers visit No. 13/14 Illinois Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Greenspan said that he will work expeditiously in the search for the next Hoosier coach. However, there is still a fair amount of basketball to be played this season.
"Our immediate focus is on the remainder of our regular season and qualifying for postseason play," Greenspan said. "We will conduct a broad, national search. We will follow the proper professional protocol in our search, recognizing that teams will be competing for the next several weeks. Therefore, we do not anticipate hiring our coach until after postseason play has concluded. The new head coach will have the opportunity to build their staff at their own discretion."
The agreement between Davis and the university will pay him $800,000.
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