Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 8/2/12
Mark Berman KRIV-TV HOUSTON - Mike Davis, who led Indiana to the Final Four in 2002 and was named Conference USA Coach of the Year at UAB after the 2010-2011 season, has agreed to become the interim coach at Texas Southern. The TSU job opened last month when Tony Harvey resigned for personal reasons. "It's a great opportunity for me to get back into coaching," Davis said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I've researched Texas Southern's program. "I thing Harvey left some real good players there. They had a good program and it's one of the better jobs in the (SWAC) conference, and I'm excited to get back working and teaching." TSU athletics director Charles McClelland has not been available for comment. Davis' final season at UAB was not an easy one for him, personally or professionally. "I had a lot of personal problems with my family last year," Davis said. "So I was really distracted from the coaching standpoint in the regular season. "My mom passed away and I had two nephews pass away in a three-month period before the season started, and that kind of got me off key a little bit. I got it back at the end of the year, but by that time we were already in conference play. "I have my focus and my drive back and I'm ready to get back into the flow." Davis was fired by UAB in March after the Blazers went 15-16 overall, 9-7 in conference play and finished fifth in C-USA. In six seasons at UAB Davis compiled a 122-72 record, taking the Blazers to the NIT three times and to the NCAA Tournament in 2011. That season UAB won its first Conference USA regular season championship. During his stint with the Blazers Davis averaged 20 wins and 10 conference victories a season. He has no problem taking the TSU job on an interim basis. "I'm great with it," Davis said. "I'm excited just to get back on the floor. "I love coaching, love teaching. I love development of young men. I'm just happy that Charles is giving me this opportunity." Davis replaced Bobby Knight at Indiana in 2000 and ran the Hoosiers program for six years, stepping down after the 2005-2006 season. Davis was 115-79 with the Hoosiers, making four trips to the NCAA Tournament and one trip to the NIT. "I bring a lot of experience," Davis said. "My work and my vision always match each other. "That's the one thing I'm going to try and teach the players at TSU. You're vision and your work have to match and that's been my philosophy for a long time."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Paul George extremely critical of Pacers following trade deadline

Chris Bosh joining TNT as analyst

Cameron Payne will have chance to shine with Bulls

Danny Ainge opens up about why Celtics didn’t make a trade before deadline

Kevin Durant wants to be NBA GM or owner after playing career

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Mavericks discussing buyout with Deron Williams

T-Wolves reportedly backed away from Ricky Rubio-Derrick Rose trade

DeMarcus Cousins calls duo with Anthony Davis ‘Fire and Ice’

Reasons why 76ers got so little for Nerlens Noel emerge

John Lynch: 49ers ‘absolutely’ need to improve at QB position

Report: Raptors trade Jared Sullinger, two future picks to Suns for P.J. Tucker

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

The top 10 MLB third basemen heading into spring training

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker