BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana University moved closer to hiring a basketball coach Wednesday amid a report that Mike Davis would be offered a four-year contract.
The university scheduled a 1:30 p.m. news conference at Assembly Hall to discuss its coaching vacancy.
Davis spent the morning at the basketball arena and was seen smiling, but he was not available for questions.
WNDE radio in Indianapolis cited unidentified sources at the university in reporting Davis would be offered a four-year contract. IU spokeswoman Susan Dillman would not confirm the report.
However, a university trustee, Stephen Backer, indicated Indiana was close to announcing a decision.
"I think something's going to be talked about today. I think something's going to be said shortly," Backer told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning.
The committee that is charged with picking a permanent replacement for Bob Knight met for more than two hours Monday, and vice president Terry Clapacs said at that time, "We are not at the end of our deliberations."
However, the panel, which consists of three members of IU's Board of Trustees, three university administrators and the incoming athletic director, did not meet in full on Tuesday and did not schedule any official meeting after that.
"It's hard to guess," Indiana center Kirk Haston said. "You hate to speculate on what they've been doing. You just want to see it resolved quickly."
Clapacs and university President Myles Brand, both committee members, refused to comment Tuesday.
In the meantime, rumors that Iowa coach Steve Alford might return to the school he led to the 1987 NCAA title seemed to quiet.
Mark Schantz, Iowa's general counsel, said Alford should be able to reach an agreement on a new contract and remain the Hawkeyes coach, The Des Moines Register reported Wednesday.
"The athletic director and Steve have been engaged in discussing the parameters of an extension and I have every reason to think that it will get done," said Schantz, who is also athletic department liaison for university President Mary Sue Coleman.
"I don't know of any serious obstacle," he said.
During his weekly radio show Monday night, Alford said he had not talked to anyone from Indiana about a possible coaching job.
On Tuesday, Backer said he had heard all the rumors.
"I've heard it's a done deal with Alford, I've heard it's a done deal with Davis. It's so funny because I know what's going on. There's been no decision, there's no fait accompli," Backer said.
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