While we sort out the Jim Christian to OHIO hiring (which is all but official in Athens), Central Michigan ducked into the headlines and took a big-name coach of their own. Keno Davis, currently serving as an analyst for the Big Ten Network, is going to replace Ernie Zeigler at Central Michigan. Davis himself confirmed it, CMU announced it ... so we all know this is going to happen.
And what an odd turn of events. Davis took an upstart Drake Bulldogs team in 2008 to the NCAA Tournament as a five-seed, then parlayed that into Big East sadness, where he was out after three seasons with only one NIT appearance and an 18-36 Big East record to show for it. It was a pretty quick trip from wunderkind to washout.
So how's this going to work in Mount Pleasant?
My immediate reaction was: Louis Orr. Much like him, Davis is taking a lesser job after being fired from the Big East to join the MAC, a conference he's had had zero experience coaching within. It is a "name hire," that's for sure, and if this was done to help sway the rest of the disillusioned and confused CMU roster into sticking around, I can see that working out.
Davis is just 40 years old so he has many years of coaching ahead of him, but anything better than 11-21 will be a sight for sore eyes. And whoever they have left playing for them— ah they can figure that out later. For now, they finally have a coach. Hurrah!