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.