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Keno Davis lands job with Big Ten Network

[ 1 ] October 17, 2011 |

Keno Davis is coming soon to a television near you.

The former Drake and Providence basketball coach signed a one-year deal today with the Big Ten Network to do work as a color analyst for men’s basketball games this season.

The 39-year-old Davis will also do studio work during the basketball season.

“I am really looking forward to it,” Davis said. “It’s a great opportunity, not only in broadcasting but also in the Big Ten. It’s kind of where I grew up, in high school and college and watching my dad’s team and stuff.”

Keno’s father, Tom, was Iowa’s head coach for 13 seasons. Keno graduated from Iowa City West High School and Iowa. He said he’ll likely return to work a game at Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season.

“I haven’t received my full schedule yet, but I’d say there’s a good chance,” Davis said. “We’ll see when the schedule comes out. I’ll probably be in all the venues.”

Financial terms of Davis’ deal with the Big Ten Network were not available.

After working four seasons as an assistant coach at Drake for his father, Keno was named the Bulldogs’ head coach on March 21, 2007. Drake had a magical season in 2007-08, winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament titles and earning the school’s first NCAA berth in 37 seasons.

Keno was named national coach of the year by the Associated Press after the 28-5 season, the same award his father won in 1987 after his first Iowa team finished 30-5.

A hot commodity in coaching circles, Davis was hired by Providence in April of 2008 and had a 46-50 record there in three seasons. He received a contract extension after a 19-14 record in 2008-09, but was dismissed after records of 12-19 and 15-17.

Davis was fired with five years remaining on his contract, but the private school declined to reveal the terms of the settlement with Davis. According to the Providence College tax returns for 2010, Davis had a base salary of $770,783 with total compensation of $846,789.

Davis, who now lives outside Chicago, said he’s keeping his options open as far as a return to coaching in the future.

“I’m committed to this (BTN) for this year,” Davis said. “We’ll see what options I have at the end of the season. Quite a few coaches have gone into broadcasting. They have enjoyed it so much they stayed in it. Others have gotten back into coaching. I don’t know what’s in store for my future. But I am looking forward to this year.”

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About Rick Brown: Rick Brown covers men's basketball for The Des Moines Register and Hawk Central. He's married and the father of two. He also covers golf for the Register. View author profile.

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