Steve Forbes had been heavily linked to the Ole Miss job after it came out that Andy Kennedy would be stepping down from his role. But it appears that one of the top candidates if off the board.
On Monday, it was announced that East Tennessee coach Steve Forbes had agreed to a new contract with the school. Forbes will make $650,000 a year and his buyout has been bumped up to $500,000.
“It is a true pleasure to work with my friend Steve Forbes,” East Tennessee State athletic director Scott Carter said in a statement. “His leadership and direction of ETSU men’s basketball is writing history in our tradition that will be remembered for decades. I look forward to many more outstanding memories with Coach Forbes, as this new contract solidifies a tremendous partnership between him and East Tennessee State University.”
East Tennessee State has been one of the best mid-major teams in the country this year, as the Pirates have a 23-5 record and a 14-1 record in the Southern Conference. East Tennessee State had made the NCAA Tournament last season, but lost in the first round of the tournament.
With Forbes likely off the board, the next top mid-major target would likely be Kermit Davis of Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders have made the tournament the past 2 years in a row. In 2016, they upset Michigan State in the first round of the tournament.
Kennedy announced on Sunday that he would be stepping down effective immediately as Ole Miss’ coach. The Rebels have lost 7 games in a row and the last 5 have all been by double digits. Ole Miss returns to action on Tuesday night, when the Rebels take on the Missouri Tigers. That game tips off at 9 PM ET on ESPN2.