On Friday, Providence officials announced they have fired their men's basketball coach, Keno Davis, after three years with the Friars and an 18-36 record over that span in the Big East. For Providence, it's not necessarily a surprise that they'd want to move in a new direction.
As athletic director Bob Driscoll said in the school's statement, "I appreciate everything Keno Davis has done for our basketball program during the last three years. 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."
For Davis, it's probably not the end he imagined when he left Drake after a 28-5 season that saw him win National Coach of the Year, and had him pegged as one of the best young coaches in college basketball. Such is life in the Big East, though, where there's a deeper talent pool than anywhere else in the country.
More talent means more opportunity for success, which is why Davis went to Providence in the first place. But more opportunity also means less margin for error, and as Providence heads in a new direction today, Keno Davis just learned that lesson the hard way.