Mike Davis, a Bob Knight disciple but opposite in temperament and style, inherited one of the nation's most visible jobs Tuesday as interim coach at Indiana.
The university picked Davis, an assistant coach under Knight, to head the program for at least one season and selected John Treloar, another Knight assistant, as interim associate coach.
"I'm a quiet guy, but I love to compete," said Davis, 39, who played at Alabama, was a second-round pick by Milwaukee in the 1983 NBA draft and who played in Europe and the CBA.
He returned to Alabama as an assistant coach in 1995 and came to Indiana two years later.
After Knight was fired Sunday by school president Myles Brand for violating a "zero tolerance" behavior policy imposed in May, players threatened to transfer unless Davis or Treloar got the interim job.
"I'm extremely happy for this opportunity, but I'm sad because of the way it happened," Davis said. "I envisioned being a head coach but under different circumstances. Everyone knows coach Knight is the reason I'm here and why the players are here."
But, he said, "Indiana basketball is bigger than anyone."
Knight's son, Pat, indicated he will not be back as an assistant.
"I'm out of here," he said Monday. "I wouldn't stay in this place after the way they treated my father."
Former Hoosier great Steve Alford, the coach at Big Ten rival Iowa, said he didn't want the Indiana job. Alford said he was sorry to see his former coach lose his job, even though the two have had a stormy relationship since Alford was a player in the mid-1980s.
Until word spread that Davis would be interim coach, at least a half-dozen players indicated they were considering transferring. All changed their minds.
"We definitely have something to prove, that we've been through a lot and we have to come out and beat people. We owe it to him," junior guard Dane Fife said of Knight. "This is his team. We're ready to go."
NAME: Mike Davis.
BIRTHPLACE: Fayette, Ala.
PLAYING CAREER: College _ Alabama, 1979-83. Scored 1,211 points. Won the Crimson Tide's Hustle Award four years in a row. Named to the Southeastern Conference all-defensive team. Pro _ Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round in 1983. Played two years in Switzerland and Italy. Joined the CBA Topeka Sizzlers in 1988-89. Player-assistant with Chicago in the CBA in 1995, averaged 8.3 points per game and was fourth in voting for league defensive player of the year.
COACHING CAREER: Assistant at Miles College 1989-90. Assistant with Wichita Falls in the CBA 1991-94 and after the team moved to Chicago in 1995. Assistant at Alabama 1996-97, at Indiana 1997-00.
FAMILY: Wife, Tamilya; daughter, Lateesha, 19; sons Mike Jr., 15, and Antoine, 2.