Ole Miss To Hire MTSU's Davis

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Ole Miss reportedly has its replacement for Andy Kennedy.

Ole Miss is expected to hire Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis as its new basketball coach, according to multiple reports.

The deal, which has been in the works for days, could be announced by the end of the week.

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

Davis, 58, is a Mississippi native that played and coached at Mississippi State and began his head coaching career at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

It's a tournament that Davis and Middle Tennessee missed for the first time in three seasons following a surprising Conference USA tournament loss to Southern Mississippi.

Davis has won at least 25 games in six of the last seven seasons at Middle Tennessee, including a pair of NCAA Tournament victories.

Davis directed MTSU to one of the biggest upsets in tournament history in 2016; upsetting no. 2 seed and tournament favorite Michigan State in the first round. That year, the team was given two years' probation and a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA for recruiting violations under Davis. He joined the Louisiana State University staff as an assistant coach after a year at Idaho and took over at Middle Tennessee in 2002.