|Monday, December 30
Big Ten accepts Indiana's punishment recommendation
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana coach Mike Davis knew his on-court outburst during a loss to Kentucky earlier this month would cost him.
The Big Ten made it official Monday when it suspended Davis for one game, a much lighter punishment than the six-game suspension he faced under league rules.
Davis will miss Tuesday's game when the Hoosiers (8-2) play at Ball State, and assistant coach John Treloar will replace him on the bench. The conference also publicly reprimanded Davis and told him to write an apology to the officials who worked the Dec. 21 game.
Davis again apologized Monday for charging onto the court to protest the lack of a foul call in the game's final seconds.
"There is no reason for me to act the way I acted," Davis said. "I am really embarrassed by it, but that is part of life and part of competition and that happens in sports."
Terry Clapacs, Indiana's interim athletic director, said the school would not appeal the punishment, and he is happy the Big Ten did not impose a greater penalty.
"In my view, this was never a six-game suspension problem," he said.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was out of town, and a conference spokesman said the league would have no comment.
Davis did not take questions at the news conference. Clapacs said Davis intended to travel to Ball State with his team Monday night and work with the players in pregame drills Tuesday before driving back to Indianapolis.
Davis' outburst occurred with Indiana trailing Kentucky 65-64 with 2.6 seconds left. Hoosiers guard Bracy Wright drove for a layup that bounced off the side of the backboard.
Davis, thinking a foul should have been called, ran onto the court, yelling and waving his arms at referee Bert Smith.
Smith repeatedly told Davis to "walk away," but Davis persisted, following him to midcourt and continuing to yell. Smith ejected Davis, and Indiana lost 70-64.
During his postgame news conference, Davis was apologetic, saying his actions cost his team the game. He also apologized to his players and the fans.
Davis was fined $10,000 last season for criticizing officials after Indiana lost to Butler.
Without him, the reigns fall to Treloar, who has coached alongside Davis for all but three seasons since 1990.
Indiana's players credited Treloar with devising the game plan in their biggest upset last season -- Indiana's 74-73 victory over defending national champion and top-ranked Duke in the South Regional semifinal.
"Nothing will change," said Treloar, who hasn't been a head coach in a game for six years. "It's the same preparation and it's not going to change."
Davis led Indiana to the NCAA championship game last season, his second as head coach. He became coach after Bob Knight was fired.
Knight served two suspensions at Indiana -- both for one game. Knight was suspended after his chair-throwing incident in 1985 and again in 1993 after he kicked at his son, Pat, during a game. When Hoosiers fans booed, he responded with an obscenity.
Knight received a three-game suspension in May 2000 after a university investigation turned up evidence of a physical confrontation with former player Neil Reed during a 1997 practice. He was fired before serving it.