Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Providence has officially fired Keno Davis as its head basketball coach.
“I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years,” Providence AD Bob Driscoll said in a statement. “We are committed to finding a head coach that will guide our program and help develop our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and on the court.”
The school will have to buy Davis out from the remaining five years on his deal.
Davis was named the 14th head coach at Providence in 2008 after one season as a head coach at Drake where he had posted a 28-5 mark and was named National Coach of the Year by six organizations, including the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
In three seasons at Providence, Davis went 46-50 record and 18-36 in the Big East. This season, Davis’ squad was 15-17 overall and 4-14 (14th) in the Big East.
“Providence College has a great tradition in men’s basketball,” Driscoll stated. “I have very high standards and expectations for our student-athletes and our program. We will work very hard to find the right person for this job who has the leadership skills to meet those standards.”
Names in the mix include Temple coach Fran Dunphy, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins, Fairfield coach Ed Cooley, Duquesne coach Ron Everhart, former Providence and current Pitt assistant Pat Skerry and Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek, a Rick Pitino assistant on the 1987 Providence Final Four team.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.