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Amid changing landscape, Oakland’s Kampe, Detroit’s Davis have no exit plans

Rochester — Oakland’s Greg Kampe, at 66, and Detroit Mercy’s Mike Davis, at 62, are the oldest men’s basketball coaches in the Horizon League. Between them, they have 61 years of head-coaching experience, entering this season.

Despite the changing landscape of college athletics — namely with the transfer portal and name, image and likeness — Kampe and Davis aren’t pondering their own exits, even as such notable names as Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Jay Wright have all called it a career in the last year-and-a-half.

“I get asked that a lot. I don’t know if people are suggesting maybe it’s time for me to get out it,” Kampe quipped Friday at the O’Rena, during Oakland’s media day ahead of the 2022-23 season.

“This is a true answer: If I have a team like this, I’d be here till I can’t walk anymore.

“As long as it’s like that, I’m gonna be around.”

Earlier in the week, at Detroit Mercy’s media day, Davis had a similar sentiment. He said he’d like to coach at least another eight years, until he’s 70, and if he’s feeling good then, then he’ll want to go even longer.

“If it’s feeling good,” Davis said, “then you don’t walk away.”

How either coach will be feeling at season’s end is up for debate. Oakland was picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League and Detroit Mercy sixth, but each team has the talent to outperform the pundits’ preseason projections.

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