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Texas Southern rewards Mike Davis with contract extension

Jun 21, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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Texas Southern head coach Mike Davis took over the program last season under circumstances that were anything but ideal. Thanks to poor Academic Progress Rate (APR) marks, the Tigers were banned from postseason play for the 2012-13 season.

That didn’t stop Davis’ team from having a successful season in the SWAC, as Texas Southern went 16-2 in league play (17-14 overall) and won the outright regular season title. For that Davis has been rewarded with a two-year contract extension through 2018, with the news being announced by the school Friday afternoon.

“We were extremely happy with the outcome of last season during the circumstances in which we brought Coach Davis in,” Director of Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland said in a statement released by the school.

“He’s proven, not only to be a great coach, but a great leader and more importantly a great person and role model. It was incumbent on us to solidify one of the best coaches in my opinion that we could get at this point in time.”

Last week Texas Southern announced that for the first time since 2004, the APR scores of every team either meet or exceed current NCAA standards. With the necessary adjustments being made on that front, Davis and his staff can now concentrate on the task of getting Texas Southern back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003.

Both Omar Strong (17.0 ppg) and Fred Sturdivant (11.1, 8.2 rpg) have graduated, leaving guards Ray Penn (12.2, 5.7 apg) and Lawrence Johnson-Danner (8.5) as the team’s leading returning scorers. Replacing two of the SWAC’s best players in Strong and Sturdivant will be difficult, but unlike last season they can win the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

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  1. metalhead65 - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    to bad they won’t win now that he has a contract extension. they guy took a team of Bob Knights players to the title game then destroyed that team by making his recruits starters the next year, he was always talking about the great recruits he had coming even as they were winning that year. they lost Jarred Jeffries to the NBA the next season but returned most of the core pieces next year only to have his guys take the starting back how did that and the failure of his big recruits work out for him and IU? the guy whined and cried from the day he got the job about not being accepted by fans when he never gave them the chance to know him. to us he was the guy sitting next to the water boy on the bench before he got the job but he is complaining because fans did not accept him? you will not hear about this school again until he is fired.

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