Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Davis Is Fired by UAB

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Davis Is Fired by UAB

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UAB fired basketball coach Mike Davis on Friday following his sixth season, a year after he led the Blazers to a fourth- consecutive 20-win season and the NCAA tournament.

Davis couldn't sustain the momentum, and a depleted squad fell to 15-16 -- matching the record from his first season.

Athletic director Brian Mackin said wins and losses weren't the only factor, also citing waning fan support and lack of postseason success.

"As the athletic director, I looked at the big picture of the program and where we are right now. I made an evaluation looking at the full body of work," Mackin said.

"While our team has experienced a certain level of success during the past six years, we are not where we want to be.

"We have seen an increase in apathy among our fans, a noticeable drop in attendance, as well as a decrease in ticket revenues and scholarship dollars."

The Blazers remained ninth in Conference USA in attendance last season, but the average crowd at Bartow Arena dropped from 5,920 in 2010-11 to 5,546. …

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