Bellarmine’s Davenport: ‘Haven’t even thought about’ WKU job

Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport said he was “flattered” to be mentioned as a candidate for WKU’s head coaching job, but said he hasn’t given the opening any thought yet.

Cole Claybourn

As soon as news broke that Ken McDonald was fired as WKU’s coach and speculation began as to who the next coach would be, one of the most popular names mentioned was Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport.

Davenport led his Knights to the Division-II National Championship last season and has them poised to do the same this season, sitting at 9-1 and ranked No. 5 in the nation.

But Davenport said he hasn’t given any thought to the WKU coaching vacancy, saying it would be selfish of him to do that at this point of the season.

“We have a game in two hours and 20 minutes,” Davenport said Saturday afternoon. “That’s our second game in 43 hours. So, I mean, I haven’t even slept much less worried about some coach position that just came open yesterday afternoon.

“I preach unselfishness. That’s been the key to our success. If I spent one second thinking about that right now, then that would be being selfish toward our players, and that would be hypocritical.”

But that doesn’t mean Davenport is ruling the job out totally. 

“Is there a time that I’ll think about that whole situation? Yes,” he said. “But it’s not going to be right now. Not when I’m coaching these players. I have not thought about it one way or another.”

Davenport, a Louisville native, served nine years as an assistant coach at Louisville under Hall of Fame coach Denny Crum as well as Rick Pitino. He also served a year as an assistant coach on Mike Pollio’s staff at Virginia Commonwealth where he coached alongside Tubby Smith.

Before that, Davenport spent 10 years as head coach at Ballard High School in Louisville where he won the 1988 state championship.

So he’s familiar with WKU and said while he hasn’t given the job any thought yet, he’s honored to be mentioned as a potential candidate.

“I’m flattered,” he said. “I’m flattered because it’s one of the most tradition-rich programs in all of college basketball, not just in the Sun Belt, not just in the state of Kentucky, not just in the Midwest, in all of college basketball.”