Texas A&M; basketball coach Kermit Davis Jr. will be asked to resign, according to a high-placed source, but yesterday was given two days to review an investigative report on his recruiting practices.
The source, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press, "It's not good for Davis. He will be allowed an opportunity to resign. If not, we'll have to let him go."
Davis emerged from the meeting, accompanied by two attorneys, and hustled across the street to his offices at G. Rollie White Coliseum.
"I have no comment at this time," he said.
Asked if he was optimistic, he said, "I'm always optimistic."
Davis repeatedly answered "no comment" to several other questions from reporters jogging alongside him.
The 31-year-old Davis, fourth youngest coach in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball, just finished his first year at A&M; where he had an 8-21 record including a 108-61 loss to fifth-ranked Arkansas last Friday.
The Houston Chronicle reported last Thursday that the decision to fire Davis had already been made and Davis had been told of his ouster. Davis said he hadn't been told anything.
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