March 22, 2006
Albany - College athletics is not about just wins.
It is also about money.
Which is my most colleges and universities keep their athletic director out of coaching.
Albany State athletic director and head men's basketball coach John I. Davis proved he could handle both jobs simultaneously and perform both very well.
But on Wednesday morning John I. Davis announced in a meeting that his work at Albany State has been accomplished and he is stepping down as both athletic director and head men's basketball coach.
Davis, who coached the Albany State women's basketball team from 1981 through 1990, returned to his alma mater five years ago.
He inherited an athletic program that was in the middle of five year probation and the men's basketball team was coming off a three win season.
A standout basketball player during his college days at Albany State, John I. Davis led Albany State to the SIAC regular season title in his fourth season while last academic year the Albany State athletic program won six conference titles.
Albany State will begin searching to fill both positions but Albany State assistant basketball coach Chris Cameron will be the favorite to take over the Rams basketball program.
John I. Davis had been grooming Cameron to take over for him when he decided to step down.