I might never write these 8 words again : I wish I’d watched “Cold Pizza” this morning.
Bobby Knight was on hand, shilling for his abuse-the-walk-ons reality show, and took exception to being asked about Mike Davis’ situation at Indiana by that hard hitting journalist Dana Jacobsen. The General, apparently, stomped off.
The Louisville Courier-Journal’s Rich Bozich, however, isn’t nearly as shy about expressing himself on the subject.
Mike Davis has reviewed the videotapes and uncovered the reasons the Indiana University men’s basketball team could not score against Minnesota, could not defend against Wisconsin and could not win the games it needed to win to remain a fearsome force in the Big Ten Conference.
IU fans are the reason. Too negative. Too committed to his failure. If pushed, I suspect Davis would say the fans are doing a miserable job of screening and rebounding, too.
This is strange — but hardly surprising. Davis has specialized in strange during his five-plus seasons as the IU coach. This is the guy who used a trip to the NCAA Final Four to lobby for a job in the NBA.
I’m not trying to be negative or committed to watching Davis fail. But I am interested in telling Davis things he needs to hear if he expects to succeed at his next coaching destination:
You’re doing bad work.
Don’t sit out a critical home game against Iowa with the stomach flu as you did last Saturday and then answer the phone for two interviews that suggested what actually was making you sick was IU fans. You’re not in the CBA. You’re at Indiana, a program that aches to compete for NCAA titles.
It’s not angry fans, indifferent administrators, critical sportswriters, tough scheduling, unlucky injuries, bad officiating, aging facilities or the atmosphere at Nick’s on Kirkwood Avenue. I’ll say it one more time:
You’ve done bad work. Your teams are disorganized and uninspired. They’re consistently short on grit and long on making excuses.