Davis Could Be Out As Indiana Coach

Mike Davis has helmed the Hoosiers since Bob Knight left


Feb. 16, 2006

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Mike Davis's rocky six-year stay as the successor to Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight could be over.

The university scheduled a news conference Thursday to discuss Davis' status amid speculation he has agreed to leave after the season.

Assistant coaches Kerry Rupp, Donnie Marsh and Sidney Green were at Assembly Hall earlier Thursday. Marsh, who replaced Davis for last Saturday's game against Iowa, declined to comment.

The Associated Press left phone messages at the offices of school president Stephen Ferguson and vice president Pat Shoulders.

After the Hoosiers' 71-68 loss to Penn State on Wednesday night, Davis would not discuss his future.

"I'm not answering anything about my job," Davis said in a low, raspy voice when asked about a story on SI.com, which cited sources in the athletic department and said he would step down after the season.

Davis said he didn't know about that story until he was asked to comment on his postgame radio show.

"If I say something, I say the wrong thing," Davis said. "I just need to keep my mouth quiet and focus on my basketball team."

Indiana (13-9, 5-6 Big Ten) lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Hoosiers fell out of the Top 25 this week for the first time this season, giving more fuel to a vocal contingent of fans calling for his ouster. Indiana plays at No. 10 Illinois on Sunday.

Davis, in his sixth season since replacing Knight, took Indiana to the NCAA championship game in 2002. But his team has slipped badly since starting this season 10-2 and peaking at No. 9 in the AP poll on Jan. 9.

The game Wednesday night was his first back on the bench after missing one game with flulike symptoms. Before the game against Penn State, Davis sat in a chair in a hallway leading to the court and in front of the media room for at least 45 minutes. He declined to answer questions about his job status.

Indiana guard Roderick Wilmont said Davis didn't address the speculation to the team in the locker room after the game.

"I don't know what's going on," Wilmont said on his way out of the Bryce Jordan Center. "I'm here to play."

When asked Monday to explain why Indiana fans have been reluctant to fully embrace him, Davis suggested it was because he didn't graduate from the school.

Davis then tried to quiet speculation Tuesday by saying he had no plans to quit this season. He also said that his job status had become too big a distraction as the Hoosiers prepare for the final weeks of the regular season.

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Associated Press writer Genaro C. Armas in State College, Pa., contributed to this report.

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