A report from Sports Illustrated stated that a source close to Mike Davis and the Indiana Athletic Department will announce as early as Thursday that the Head Coach Mike Davis will fully resign after this season. Davis assisted the great Bob Knight for three years before he was forced out of Indiana by a previous school president named Myles Brand. Well now he is the President of the NCAA. You know, the man that wants every major university in the nation to change their mascot because it "offends" the local Indian tribes even though the tribes want their names associated with the university. Look at Florida State for example. But this is about Mike Davis. Mike Davis had both his ups and downs as the head coach at IU. In 2002 Davis took the Hoosiers to the NCAA National Title Game. He was then awarded a contract extension through the 2007-08 season. But now it seems like there are only the downs that he must deal with. In the 2003-04 season IU went 14-15, their first loosing season since the 1969-70 season. Indiana is currently 13-9 and 5-6 in the Big 10. They have dropped 6 of their last 7 games, and Davis has publicly come out and said he believes IU needs a coach that is "one of their own," only adding fuel to the fire.
There has been much criticism of Davis while at the University. There is also a website created trying to get Mike Davis fired.
Who should replace Davis?
Well Bob Huggins isn't really one of their own but he has the same mentality as a hardworking Indianan. Huggins is a hard worker from rural Ohio where nothing was given to him and he had to work for everything he has. Sounds similar to the man Mike Davis described. The only thing about Huggins is he has an "image problem." Many believe he recruits thugs. His players have had troubles. His coaching staff has had troubles. And Huggins himself had a run in with the law receiving a DUI. Huggins also has ties to OJ Mayo and Bill Walker out of North College Hill (Cincinnati). Many believe Mayo is the next LeBron and may be able to deliever a National Championship his first year of college. But I believe a new venue such as Indiana could help both Huggins and Indiana Basketball.