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Ole Miss hires Kermit Davis as coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Ole Miss Rebels have hired Kermit Davis to be their next men’s basketball head coach. He replaces Andy Kennedy, who previously resigned.

Davis becomes the Rebels head coach after being the Middle Tennessee State Head Coach. He was the Blue Raiders leader since the 2002 season.

Kermit Davis is seen here as the Middle Tennessee State head coach (Getty Images)

Kermit Davis is seen here as the Middle Tennessee State head coach (Getty Images)

This is his fourth head coaching job at the Division I level. Besides Middle Tennessee State, he’s also been the head coach at Texas A&M and Idaho.

Davis has received a five-year deal from the Rebels.

He was the Blue Raiders head coach for the past 16 seasons. At Middle Tennessee State, he went 332-187.

The school is officially expected to hire him on Thursday. He plans to finish the season with Middle Tennessee State, which is playing in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT).

The past three seasons, his Blue Raiders have averaged more than 25 wins per season. They went 25-7 this season.

In 2016-17, his Middle Tennessee State team went 31-5, his best record as a college basketball coach.

His first 11-years with the Blue Raiders were spent in the Sun Belt Conference. The past five-years, the team has competed in Conference USA.

He spent one season as the Aggies head coach, where he went 8-21 in 29 games. He had two stints with the Idaho Vandals, where he went 63-29. He went 25-6 in back-to-back seasons,
then had a 13-17 record with the Vandals in 1996-97.

This season, the Blue Raiders were ranked for the first-time, at No. 24 under Davis. Middle Tennessee State has reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three seasons.

Davis has made the NCAA Tournament five times in his coaching career. He’s 403-237 in 640 games in his career.

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