Dunk contests are a big part of the Midnight Madness experience.
Since they’re cheap to produce and multiple players on each team would chance to show off in front of a large audience, they often happen with no memorable dunks or experiences.
At least at Tennessee State, head coach Dana Ford made things interesting.
The new Tigers head guy is the youngest Division I head coach and the former Illinois State guard figured he’d try his hand entering the student version of the dunk contest in Thursday’s Big Blue Madness.
Graham started six games last season for the Tigers and averaged 4.5 points per game while shooting 36 percent from the field. Davis didn’t play last season due to academic reasons.
Coming off of a 5-25 season, new head coach Dana Ford losing a couple of players before the season is tough, but it also frees up scholarships to bring in new players that can help the Tigers turn things around.
Williams was 23-40 in his two seasons as the head coach of the Tigers but they struggled this season, losing their first 10 games of the season before finishing 5-25 overall. At one point, Tennessee State was 2-21 this season and they didn’t defeat a Division I opponent in the non-conference portion of the schedule despite senior guard Patrick Miller being the nation’s fourth leading scorer at 23.2 points per game.
“We thank Coach Williams for his hard work both as an assistant and as a head coach, and we wish him the best in all future endeavors,” Tennessee State athletic director Teresa Phillips said in the release. “We want to move in a different direction and believe that this decision is in the best interest of Tennessee State and our Men’s Basketball program.”
Williams also served as an assistant coach for previous Tennessee State head coach John Cooper from 2009 through 2012.