Kermit Davis reportedly is going to be the next basketball coach at Ole Miss, and it’s just a matter of time.
The Rebels are expected to announce the hiring of the Middle Tennessee coach as their replacement for Andy Kennedy in the coming days, according to a Wednesday morning report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.
This news may not come as a big surprise, as it was reported earlier in the week by Jim Dunaway of WJOX 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala., that an agreement between Davis and Ole Miss was “95 percent” done.
Davis is still coaching his Blue Raiders in the NIT. Middle Tennessee won its opening-round game against Vermont on Tuesday night, crushing the Catamounts 91-64 at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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 on the subject and left things open to interpretation for Ole Miss fans.
On Tuesday, Davis spoke with Greg Pogue and Joe Dubin on WNSR in Nashville and it’s not hard to read between the lines.
“I am flattered,” Davis said. “And it’s natural speculation because I am from Mississippi, but I am all in here to get my team to play the best they can tonight.”
You can listen to his entire interview here, as it will give Rebels fans a good indication of the type of coach and person they may be getting in Oxford in the coming days:
Davis has won at least 25 games in six of the last seven seasons at Middle Tennessee, including a pair of NCAA Tournament victories. The Blue Raiders beat No. 2 seed Michigan State in the 2016 NCAA Tournament and beat Minnesota in the 2017 tourney.
His team missed the Big Dance this season due to a conference tournament loss to Southern Miss after winning the Conference USA regular-season title.
Davis, 58, has been at Middle Tennessee since 2002 and has amassed a 333-187 record with the Blue Raiders.