BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Big Ten Conference will decide in the next few days how severely to punish Indiana basketball coach Mike Davis for his outburst at the end of last Saturday's game against Kentucky.
The conference asked Indiana to suspend Davis, and the school delivered its recommended penalty to the league office in Chicago yesterday.
An Indiana athletic department spokesman said the school would not make its response public until after it heard back from the Big Ten.
Big Ten spokeswoman Sue Lister said the conference did not expect to respond immediately. Officials have three business days to decide whether to accept Indiana's plan or order a different punishment, she said. The announcement could come as late as Jan. 2.
Davis reportedly could be suspended for up to six games and receive a public reprimand.
“Whatever they say is fine with me, and the administration has been really supportive, so whatever they decide is fine,” Davis said before yesterday's practice.
The outburst occurred with 2.6 seconds left and Indiana trailing 65-64. Hoosiers guard Bracy Wright drove for a layup that bounced off the side of the backboard. Davis wanted a foul, but none was called.
Davis then ran onto the court and protested vehemently, waving his arms at official Bert Smith. He drew two technical fouls and was ejected.
Indiana lost the game 70-64.
During his postgame news conference, Davis was apologetic, saying his actions cost his team the game. He also apologized to his players and the fans.
The 10th-ranked Hoosiers (8-1) play at Temple today. Because of the delay, Davis, who asked for the game to coach against John Chaney, will be able to coach.
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