Kermit Davis to be named Ole Miss basketball coach

Kermit Davis to be named Ole Miss basketball coach

According to multiple reports, Davis agreed to replace Andy Kennedy and become coach of the Rebels on Wednesday.

Ole Miss will make an official announcement of Kermit Davis as its next basketball coach on Thursday, sources tell the Daily Journal. They will play at Louisville in a second-round game.

In 1990, Davis coached at Texas A&M, which is now part of the SEC.

While making radio appearances on behalf of the Blue Raiders in the days after Middle Tennessee found itself on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, Davis has toed the line of the subject and left things open to interpretation for Ole Miss fans. His father and other family live in the city.

Kermit played at Mississippi State from 1980-1982, and started his coaching career as a Bulldog assistant from 1983-1984.

Davis, 58, has been at Middle Tennessee since 2002 and has amassed a 333-187 record with the Blue Raiders. He won 332 games and five regular season conference championships.

Ole Miss also had strong interest in former Ohio State coach Thad Matta and current Florida coach Michael White, a former Ole Miss player and assistant coach. He worked as an assistant at Utah State afterward, until landing his next head coaching job, at Idaho.