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TSU Basketball Coach Mike Davis gets 4-year contract

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Less than three months after being named the interim basketball coach at Texas Southern University, Mike Davis agreed to a four-year contract with the Tigers.

The contract is scheduled to be presented for approval at a meeting on Friday of TSU's board of regents.

"We're ecstatic as a university to be able to reach a four-year agreement with Coach Davis," said Charles McClelland, TSU's athletics director, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "This is another sign of the university's athletics program moving in a positive direction.

"Coach Davis is an outstanding coach and we know he'lll do a great job for us over the next four years and beyond."

It did not take long for McClelland to determine that Davis, former coach at Indiana and UAB, is the right coach for the job.

"He's a great fit," McClelland said. "His transition into the university and the athletics program has been seamless. The student-athletes have jelled around him."

Davis replaces Tony Harvey who resigned earlier this year for personal reasons.

"I am just excited to lead this program," Davis said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "I think we can do some special things here at Texas Southern.

"I told my guys anything that can be done in college basketball can be done right here at Texas Southern."

Davis takes over a Tigers basketball program that was recently placed on probation by the NCAA for the upcoming season.

The TSU football team was placed on probation for two years beginning in 2013.

McClelland said a big reason why the school initially made Davis the interim coach was because the school was waiting to get the results of the NCAA investigation.

"We wanted to make sure we got all of the NCAA issues out of the way so he would know what he was dealing with, and we are all on the same page and ecstatic to move forward," McClelland said.

"We made him interim based upon the process. It was an opportunity for Coach Davis to see what Texas Southern was all about."

McClelland said it speaks volumes about TSU that Davis agreed to a four-year contract with the school.

"I think it's a testament to our program," McClelland said. "After the NCAA people might think that we're on our knees, but it's the exact opposite.

"Now that it's all behind us, now that we have our academics straight, when you look at the team we've put together, coaches and quality student-athletes, Texas Southern is definitely on its way to achieve all of the things that we set out to achieve over the last four years.

"Coach Davis' commitment to being a part of that makes us happy, but it's not just Coach Davis. When you look at our long line of coaches including (women's basketball coach) Cynthia Cooper and (football coach) Darrel Asberry that have made that commitment to us, it's just another testatment to the quality program that we have.

Prior to joining TSU Davis coached UAB for six years before being fired in March.

During his stint with the Blazers he compiled a 122-72 record.

Davis led UAB to the NIT three times and to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, when the Blazers won its first ever Conference USA regular season title.

Following the 2010-11 season Davis was named the Conference USA Coach of the Year.

Davis also had success at Indiana where he succeeded Bobby Knight and was the Hoosiers coach for six years, before stepping down after the 2005-06 season.

Davis led Indiana to the NCAA Tournament four times and to the Final Four in 2002.

He was 115-79 with the Hoosiers.

"There is an opportunity here to do something that's never been done before at this school and that's go deep in the NCAA Tournament," Davis said.

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