Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Ole Miss To Hire MTSU's Davis

Ole Miss To Hire MTSU's Davis

Ole Miss hired Kermit Davis as its new coach Thursday, bringing home a MS native who built a reputation as a giant-killer at MTSU. He most famously guided the Blue Raiders, as a No. 15 seed, to a 90-81 upset of Michigan State in the Round of 64 of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

The Mississippi native, who went to college at Mississippi State and later started his coaching career as an assistant at the school, was also an assistant at LSU from 1997-2002 prior to taking over in Murfreesboro.

The son of former Mississippi State head coach Kermit Davis Sr., the younger Davis played for the Bulldogs and graduated from MSU in 1982, before beginning his coaching career at his alma mater as a graduate assistant.

Davis would take over for Andy Kennedy, who resigned after 12 seasons as the Rebels' head coach.

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MTSU looked like it would be in the NCAA Tournament this season after winning Conference USA's regular season title. During that time, he's led the Blue Raiders to the Big Dance three times.

Davis can build a consistent tournament contender by following the recruiting strategy of teams like Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Purdue: Get guys that fit the way you play, limit the amount of possessions in the game, and get your wins with defense. "I am Mississippi Made and can not wait to join the rest of the Ole Miss family". Ole Miss has its next head coach.

A major head coaching vacancy has been filled.

Davis has had three other stops as a head coach at four-year schools including Texas A&M, which was placed on NCAA probation as he left after one season as coach in 1990-91. Kennedy was one of five SEC coaches to post at least nine 20-win seasons in his first 11 years in the league, joining the likes of Billy Donovan (Florida), Joe B. Hall (Kentucky), Nolan Richardson (Arkansas) and Tubby Smith (Kentucky).

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