DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mercy has hired basketball coach Mike Davis away from Texas Southern.
The Horizon League school in the Motor City announced the move Thursday, adding a coach with a 352-241 career record in college.
Detroit – Two years ago this week, Detroit Mercy introduced its latest men's basketball coach, Bacari Alexander.
Today, nearly a month after Alexander was fired after two disappointing seasons, there is no indication the Titans are close to naming a successor.
Detroit Mercy remains just one of five vacant Division I men's basketball jobs, out of 351 total programs. The others are Chicago State, Delaware State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Siena.
Ann Arbor — The annual coaching carousel has swept up Michigan coach John Beilein's staff the past couple of seasons.
This time around, Beilein is hopeful he won't have to add an assistant coaching search on his offseason to-do list for a third straight year.
"You never know on that one. That's one that you never know what could break along the line," Beilein said Wednesday before the team's awards banquet. "But I don't expect any movement there."
As Detroit Mercy continues its hush-hush search for a new men's basketball coach, the roster is deteriorating at a rapid pace.
Junior guard Josh McFolley, a former Detroit Western star and the third-leading scorer on the team last season, has decided to transfer for his final season, an athletic-department official confirmed Tuesday.
This comes after last month's revelation that guard Corey Allen, of Ypsilanti, will be transferring for his final two years of eligibility.
The Detroit Mercy men's basketball program is in a serious state of upheaval.
Not only did the university recently pull the plug on Bacari Alexander's coaching tenure just two years into a contract that was much longer, star guard Corey Allen is transferring.
Allen made the announcement last month to his modest Twitter following, and Detroit Mercy never passed along the decision.
There were rumblings that Allen might transfer after his freshman season, but he stayed for one more.
For the second time in his five-year tenure as Detroit Mercy athletic director, Robert Vowels is going shopping for a new men's basketball coach.
Vowels on Monday fired Bacari Alexander after just two seasons on the job, albeit two tumultuous seasons — the worst two-year span in the history of the program, record wise, capped by a record 24 losses, sandwiched around a seven-game suspension, in 2017-18.
Detroit Mercy fires Alexander after 2 seasons
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mercy has fired coach Bacari Alexander after the Titans went 8-24 this season.
The school announced the move Monday. Alexander, a former assistant at Michigan, went 16-47 in two seasons at the helm for Detroit.
Assistant coach Jermaine Jackson was named interim coach.
Detroit — Bacari Alexander's once-celebrated return to his alma mater has come to an abrupt end.
Detroit Mercy moved on from the men's basketball coach Monday after just two seasons — back-to-back eight-win seasons, the latest one filled with off-court drama, after Alexander served a seven-game suspension following a reported verbal altercation with a player during an early season practice.
Tis the season for NBA Draft declarations.
Kam Chatman, the Detroit Mercy redshirt junior who began his career at Michigan, declared for the draft Wednesday, but said he will not hire an agent — leaving open a very strong possibility he'll return to school.
Detroit – In Ray McCallum's first year as Detroit Mercy coach, in 2008-09, the Titans finished 7-23. In his second year, they took a major step forward, finishing 19-14.
Meanwhile, if McCallum's successor, Bacari Alexander, took any steps between his years one and two – well, he might as well have been jogging in place.
After going 8-23 in his debut season a year ago, the Titans were 8-24 this year, with a loss to Green Bay in the first round of the Horizon League tournament ending their season.
Detroit — There's something about this Horizon League tournament that brings out the best in the local guys.
Last year, it was Flint's Cameron Morse who had his coming-out party, scoring 34 in Youngstown State's stunning upset victory over top-seeded Oakland.
On Day 1 this year, it was Novi's Kameron Hankerson who put on a show in a 93-81 victory over Detroit Mercy on Friday at Little Caesars Arena. Hankerson scored a career-best 36, making seven ov nine attempts from 3-point range.
Detroit — If you're looking for signs of progress with the Detroit Mercy men's basketball program, good luck.
The Titans enter the postseason with eight wins, the same number they had a year ago in Bacari Alexander's first season as head coach.
All this after being picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League, and after athletic director Robert Vowels said, prior to the season, that a .500 record was the benchmark — and anything less would be unacceptable.
Detroit — So, big game?
"Man, I'm still trying to find a small game," Detroit Mercy men's basketball coach Bacari Alexander said, with a laugh.
"I tell ya, if there's a small game out here and you find it, you let me know."
UDM’s Alexander mum on reported run-in with player
Detroit — Detroit Mercy basketball coach Bacari Alexander declined to comment on the specifics of a published report alleging he verbally accosted and made an obscene gesture toward one of his players last month.
Alexander recently served an indefinite suspension that ended up stretching seven games and nearly a month, before he returned to practice Dec. 5 and then a game against Toledo on Dec. 6.
When Michigan tips off against Detroit Mercy at noon Saturday in the opening game of an in-state college basketball doubleheader at Little Caesars Arena, it'll mark a series of firsts.
The first meeting between Michigan coach John Beilein and Detroit Mercy coach Bacari Alexander, who spent six seasons as an assistant under Beilein.
The first crack at Michigan for Detroit Mercy redshirt junior wing Kameron Chatman, who spent his first two seasons in a Wolverines uniform before joining the Titans.
Detroit Mercy coach Alexander returns after 7-game absence
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Mercy basketball coach Bacari Alexander has returned to work after a seven-game absence.
Athletic director Robert Vowels says the university is thankful the undisclosed "personnel issue" is resolved.
Detroit — Without a single explanation of why he was off the job for one game, then four games, then finally seven games, Detroit Mercy quietly welcomed back head basketball coach Bacari Alexander on Tuesday morning, prior to the evening's home game with Toledo.
Fort Wayne, Ind. — Detroit Mercy's modest three-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night, as the Titans fell, 91-82, to Fort Wayne.
Jermaine Jackson coached the Titans for the sixth consecutive game as Bacari Alexander remains suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons.
Kam Chatman had 31 points on 11-for-15 shooting and added 10 rebounds and three steals, while four other Detroit Mercy players scored in double figures. Josh McFolley had 12 points.
Detroit — One year, seven months and one day ago, Bacari Alexander came back to his alma mater, the star of a high-energy press conference, having landed his first Division I head-coaching job.
Second-year Detroit Mercy men's basketball coach Bacari Alexander has been suspended by the university for multiple games for what university officials are terming a "personnel" matter.
Detroit — It wasn't exactly the tweet heard 'round the world, but 'round Calihan Hall is fair.
"You mean, when his account got hacked?" Detroit Mercy coach Bacari Alexander quipped.
Hardy har har.
Detroit Mercy star forward Jaleel Hogan's status with the Titans was in doubt from May all the way until mid-September, with Titans administration hardly offered a peep on his status.
Detroit — Bacari Alexander plans to more than double the University of Detroit Mercy's win total from a year ago and contend for the Horizon League title in his second year as the Titans head coach.
The Titans could be a force with the return of 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior inside threat Jaleel Hogan, along with perimeter threats in sophomore Corey Allen and Josh McFolley.