AP Source: UAB fires basketball coach Mike Davis

JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer Published:

A person familiar with the decision said UAB has fired basketball coach Mike Davis following his sixth season, a year after he led the Blazers to a fourth-consecutive 20-win season and the NCAA tournament.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. UAB athletic director Brian Mackin scheduled a news conference Friday afternoon "regarding the men's basketball program."

The Birmingham News first reported the firing.

Davis led the Blazers to the NCAA tournament for the first time during the 2010-11 season and their first Conference USA regular season title, earning the former Indiana coach league coach of the year honors.

A heavily depleted UAB team fell to 15-16 last season and lost six of its first seven games. The Blazers posted the same record in Davis's first season, but followed that up with 23 victories to start the program's first four-year run of 20-win seasons.

The Blazers had only two starters back this season, including preseason C-USA player of the year Cameron Moore, and no other returning players who averaged more than 3.9 points.

Davis posted a 122-73 record and had one year remaining on his $625,000-a-year contract. He did not immediately respond to a text message from AP.

Mackin had fired football coach Neil Callaway in November, hiring Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.

Davis, a Fayette, Ala., native, was the state's Mr. Basketball and then played for the University of Alabama, where he was known for his tough, scrappy defense.

He spent two seasons as an Alabama assistant and three on Knight's Indiana staff before getting elevated to the head job for a six-year stint that included a loss to Maryland in the 2002 national title game.