HOUSTON – Mike Davis is assembling his new staff at Texas Southern.
The former Indiana coach is in the process of hiring assistants after he took the job at the small Houston school on Aug. 2.
The 51-year-old Davis most recently coached UAB from 2006-12, following a tumultuous stint at Indiana. Davis succeeded Bob Knight, who was dismissed by school president Myles Brand in September 2000. The Hoosiers won 21 games in Davis’ first season, then made an unlikely run to the national championship game in 2002.
Indiana extended Davis’ contract through the 2007-08 season, but the Hoosiers couldn’t maintain their success. Indiana went 29-29 between 2003-05, falling short of the standard Knight established. The Hoosiers went 19-12 in 2005-06, and Davis resigned under pressure.
Davis, who was born in Alabama and played for the Crimson Tide, led UAB to the NIT in three consecutive seasons. The Blazers went 22-9 in 2010-11 and made the NCAA tournament, then finished 15-16 last season and sat out the postseason, leading to Davis’ firing.
Davis replaces Tony Harvey, who resigned after going 56-72 in four seasons. The Tigers last played in the NCAA tournament in 2003, though they went 17-16 in 2009-10 and reached the SWAC tournament championship final. The next season, TSU went 19-13 and won their first SWAC regular season title in 13 years.