Report: Ole Miss set to hire Kermit Davis as men’s basketball coach

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Ole Miss reportedly has its replacement for Andy Kennedy.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, the Rebels are set to hire Middle Tennessee State head coach Kermit Davis as their next men’s basketball coach. Davis is currently coaching the Blue Raiders in the NIT, but the Clarion-Ledger’s Antonio Morales reports he will leave once his team’s run has ended. 

MTSU looked like it would be in the NCAA Tournament this season after winning Conference USA’s regular season title. But a conference tournament loss to Southern Miss put the Blue Raiders on the bubble and in the NIT. They beat Vermont in their first NIT game yesterday.

Davis has coached Middle Tennessee State for 16 seasons, compiling a record of 332-187. During that time, he’s led the Blue Raiders to the Big Dance three times. Those trips include first-round upsets of No. 2 seed Michigan State in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and No. 5 seed Minnesota in 2017. 

A Leakesville native, Davis played basketball at Mississippi State for two seasons. His father also played for the Bulldogs and later coached them for seven seasons. 

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