Posted: Wednesday February 15, 2006 9:35PM; Updated: Wednesday February 15, 2006 10:05PM
Mike Davis took the Hoosiers to the 2002 title game, but after missing the last two NCAA tournaments the coach decided he couldn't take another rocky season.
Mike Davis has resigned as coach at Indiana but will stay on for the remainder of the season, a source in the IU athletic department with knowledge of Davis' situation told SI.com. The source added that the university hopes to have a news conference in Bloomington to discuss details of Davis' termination as early as Thursday.
According to the source, Davis informed Indiana officials of his decision more than a week ago and Davis' attorney and the university subsequently negotiated the terms of his departure, which were finalized this week.
Davis' resignation brings an abrupt end to his turbulent six-year tenure as Indiana's head coach. He spent three years as an assistant before taking over the program after Bob Knight was fired in September 2000. Davis led the Hoosiers to the NCAA championship game in 2002, where they lost to Maryland, but his support among fans and boosters plummeted as IU failed to qualifty for the NCAA the last two years.
Following Wednesday night's 71-68 loss at Penn State, Davis' record at Indiana was 109-76. Indiana (13-9, 5-6 in the Big Ten) had lost six of its last seven games to drop to seventh place in the conference, putting the Hoosiers' NCAA tournament hopes in jeopardy.
During a Big Ten conference call with the media on Monday, Davis said that he thought Indiana fans would be happier "with one of their own," meaning someone who played for the Hoosiers. Iowa coach Steve Alford and Orlando Magic assistant Randy Wittman are two prominent alums who have long been rumored to Indiana's top choices as Davis' replacement.
But on Tuesday, Davis seemed to reverse himself.
"I'm not quitting. I'm going to coach the remainder of the season," he told Sporting News Radio. "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."