The head men’s basketball job at UDM remains vacant as we get deeper into Tigers baseball season and begin focusing on who will replace Stan Van Gundy as Pistons head coach and president.
Detroit Mercy Athletic Director Robert Vowels must decide if he should fill the job that was vacated after he fired Bacari Alexander after an 8-24 season, with a name coach or a coach who really wants the job and believes he can make a name for himself by turning the program around.
That man is former Saginaw High coach Lou Dawkins who won a couple of state titles at Saginaw with Golden State Warriors and former Michigan State stand out Draymond Green.
Dawkins, now an assistant at Cleveland State, wants this job more than anybody. The Titans job is not considered a plum assignment but Dawkins believes he will make Detroit great again. His former coach Tubby Smith and Green have gone to bat for him. He believes he can corner the recruiting base in Michigan after Michigan State and Michigan decide who they want.
Lou’s biggest downfall is that his son Christian, a young sports agent, was caught up in the federal investigation of college basketball corruption that brought down Louisville coach Rick Pitino and tarnished a number of other programs, including Arizona.
Lou said he knows nothing about his son’s activities and would be happy to talk to UDM officials about it.
The Titans could also look at former head coaches Stan Heath, who served as an assistant under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, and Mike Davis who took over for Bob Knight at the University of Indiana. Davis has led Texas Southern to a SWAC tournament or regular season championship the last six years.
He’d be a splashy name for the Titans but lacks strong Michigan ties for recruiting.
Heath was head coach at Arkansas, Kent State and South Florida and is currently head coach of the Lakeland Thunder of the NBA’s G league. He attended Detroit Catholic Central High School and played at Eastern Michigan before becoming an assistant at Hillsdale, Albion, Wayne State and MSU.