As first reported by Jon Rothstein, Ole Miss will hire Middle Tennessee‘s Kermit Davis as its new head men’s basketball coach. Davis has been has been at MTSU since 2002 and has prior head coaching stints at Texas A&M, Idaho and at the junior college level.
Davis has led the Blue Raiders to the NCAA Tournament three times in the last six years, missing out on a berth this past season after getting upset in the Conference USA Tournament final. The team made a splash on the national scene in 2016 by upsetting 2-seed Michigan State in the first round of that year’s NCAA Tournament.
The Leakesville, MS native attended Mississippi State where he played for head coaches Jim Hatfield and Bob Boyd. He spent one season assisting Boyd at MSU before getting his first head coaching job at Southwest Mississippi CC in Summit, MS. This will be Davis’ first job in his home state since 1986, though he has recruited the area for his entire career.