Mike Davis – Handling Coaching Pressure With Class

If there was a similar “situation” to that of Herb Sendek and NC State, it had to be the case of Mike Davis and Indiana. Against a backdrop of student and alumni protest, Mike Davis announced his resignation midway through the Big Ten season. He did so in an effort to take the enormous pressure off his players’ shoulders. And his attitude after the last horn sounded, was remarkably gracious:

“My first thought was, I was just proud of the boys,” Davis said. “Don’t be sad for me. You should be happy for me because I had a great opportunity to coach one of the greatest schools in college basketball.”

Imagine that – a coach who understands that pressure comes with a major coaching job like that – a job that hundreds of other coaches would kill for. A man who sounds thankful for the chance, rather than bitter and whiny. Kudos to Mike Davis, whose attitude should land him back on his feet quickly.

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11 Responses to Mike Davis – Handling Coaching Pressure With Class

  1. VTPACKFAN 03/20/2006 at 8:18 AM #

    I have yet to hear any of the same outrage from the experts (Dickie V.), or coaching peers about how Davies was mistreated at IU. Could it be that they think college basketball would be better served by a Hossier team that is a perrenial power? Moot point though, since Davis took it upon his self to create a solution to a growing controversy that, responsible for it or not, he found himself in the center of.

  2. Cardiff Giant 03/20/2006 at 8:29 AM #

    It’s all about the relationships.

  3. VTPACKFAN 03/20/2006 at 8:41 AM #

    What would everyone in the media with cozy relationship’s inside Cameron and the Dean Dome do if things ever changed?

  4. Rick 03/20/2006 at 9:41 AM #

    Our coach puts more pressur on his players.
    Enough so they feel like they have to attack his detractors.

    I am have quit thinking of Herb as a “classy” person.

  5. Matt E. 03/20/2006 at 9:52 AM #


    If you were an 18-22 y/o kid who busted his ass going to class, practice, working out, etc all year long and you had to listen to people say how much you suck constantly wouldn’t you attack the detractors too? These kids are just sticking up for their coach and I for one find it quite admirable of them.

  6. class of '74 03/20/2006 at 10:33 AM #

    ^I wonder how many of them had this thought go through their minds late yesterday: “I sure wish he (Rick Barnes) was our coach.”

  7. Matt E. 03/20/2006 at 11:12 AM #

    ^ zero.

  8. Cardiac95 03/20/2006 at 12:41 PM #

    ^^ Or how many former Parade or MDAA’s have wondered, “What happened to my NBA career?”

  9. Matt E. 03/20/2006 at 2:02 PM #

    ^ because all Parade or MD AA’s make the NBA.

    Be interesting to see the % of them that actually do.

  10. class of '74 03/20/2006 at 2:44 PM #

    ^One thing is sure. Herb is not developing any NBA talent. Julius Hodge is on record saying he learned more in NBA preseason camp than four seasons with Herb!

  11. rj 03/20/2006 at 5:25 PM #

    The reason Davis was gracious had nothing to deal with how he felt.

    Davis was paid $40,000 to not say anything bad about the university, and a further $40,000 to not push his players toward transferring to any school he would coach in the future. (Indianapolis Star)

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