To: Indiana University Athletics
From: Concerned Indiana University Basketball Fans
Subject: Basketball Head Coach at Indiana University
We feel that the direction that Indiana University Basketball is heading is not acceptable. It has us worried that a basketball program as storied as the one at our university is struggling through a tough season. We understand that the schedule in question included playing teams such as North Carolina and the University of Connecticut, defending national champions, but performance is not what it should be.
We are Indiana! Other teams should fear coming into the Assembly Hall to play the Hoosiers. Indiana is the team that will knock off top ranked teams in Bloomington and play hard and tough when they are away from home. The Indiana team of 2004-2005 is a team that tucks its tail between its legs and runs away from opponents. Going up seventeen points against Connecticut and Missouri and then losing the games in the second half is a prime example of horrible basketball.
“Why not blame the players?” you may ask.
It is hard for us to believe that a Mr. Basketball from Indiana, a player from Pike who transferred out of the state for his last year, one of the top ten recruits in the country, a backcourt rated among the top five just a couple years ago and multiple veteran players who have had their skills tested throughout their years in college are not capable of playing better basketball. As soon as they start building a rhythm, making shots, they are pulled from the lineup by a coach who would rather give them rest than have them keep up what they are doing.
Indiana Basketball is on the verge of a second straight losing season, a second straight no show for postseason play, and that is unacceptable. It is a long climb out of a two and six hole, especially when we have to play the likes of Illinois, top ranked in the country, Iowa, recently knocked off Bobby Knight’s Red Raiders, Michigan State, Tom Izzo, need we say more?, Ohio State, who also handed the Raiders an L, and Wisconsin, who knocked off then number twelve Maryland in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Indiana sits at the bottom…THE BOTTOM of the Big Ten standings. Not very many people alive can remember the last time this happened.
We are calling for change. If Coach Mike Davis cannot win the next four basketball games this season (Ball State, Oral Roberts, Furman, Northwestern) and does not clench a NCAA Tournament berth for the second straight year, he should either hand over the reigns of this program deep in tradition, or have them forcefully taken away and handed to someone more capable of leading this team. He does not do anything to develop his players and does not coach during the games. Mike Davis is a figurehead at the helm of Indiana Basketball letting his assistant coaches make decisions during the games. The only time that Davis leaves his seat to coach during the games is to argue with an official over a not-so-questionable call.
Mike Davis’ coaching style and attitude should have been left in the role of recruiter, a role that fit him like a glove. His ability to take a team coached by the legendary Bob Night to the final game in the NCAA tournament should not be grounds for a contract extension. The athletic department should have hired a real coach with real coaching talent rather than supplant a recruiter into the head coaching job.
The Mike Davis era of Indiana Basketball is a stain on an otherwise gleaming tradition; a tradition dating back to 1901 when Indiana formed a team. It needs to come to an end to allow a new era to bloom and bring Indiana Basketball back to the forefront of NCAA competition.
Concerned Indiana Basketball Fans