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Indiana Committee To Pick Coach

March 17, 2001

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) _ Mike Davis will know soon whether he will become Indiana University’s permanent successor to Bob Knight.

IU President Myles Brand announced a seven-member committee on Friday, the day after Indiana ended a 21-13 season under Davis with a 77-73 first-round NCAA tournament loss to Kent State.

Davis, who was an assistant coach under Knight, was named interim coach after Knight was fired in September for violating a zero-tolerance behavior policy.

``They’ve said all along that they would wait until the end of the season to make a final decision, and that’s what they’re going to do,″ Davis said Friday before the Hoosiers left San Diego, the site of their tournament game.

``The hardest part is the waiting. I feel like I’m on hold right now. But at the same time I feel I’ve proven that I’m the man for the job and we’ll just have to see how things work out.″

In his statement, Brand congratulated Davis and the Hoosiers ``for a fine performance this season under difficult circumstances.″

IU spokeswoman Susan Dillman said the naming of the committee was not related to Thursday’s loss, saying the university had indicated previously that it would start looking for a permanent coach once the season ended. But Dillman said the university made a ``conscious decision″ not to call the panel a search committee.

``It’s a committee to determine what should be done about a permanent coach. That may or may not involve a search,″ she said.

″... There are people who are very much backing coach Davis who would interpret a search committee in a negative fashion, but if Mike Davis wants the job, he certainly is a candidate.″

Brand’s statement said the committee will seek input from several groups and individuals, including current athletic director Clarence Doninger, who retires June 30.

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