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Mike Davis leaves Texas Southern to become Detroit Mercy’s head coach

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Davis is making the move from the SWAC to the Horizon League.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Xavier vs Texas Southern Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Mercy’s tumultuous coaching search has seemingly come to an end. According to Mark Berman of Fox 26, Davis told Texas Southern administrators that he would be leaving the program to become the new head coach of Detroit Mercy.

The report was later confirmed by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

Detroit’s chaotic search for Bacari Alexander’s replacement spanned over two months, and for it to result in a hire of Davis’s caliber is somewhat surprising.

Detroit will be the fourth stop on Davis’s coaching journey. He famously started out at Indiana when he replaced Bob Knight, eventually leading the Hoosiers to the 2002 National Championship game. Since then, he made a stop at UAB before spending the last six seasons at Texas Southern.

He’s found success at every stop, posting a career record of 352-241. He’s taken nine teams to the NCAA Tournament, and has made it at least once at each of his previous programs. It’s a good hire by Detroit Mercy, albeit a surprising one.