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Kermit Davis Officially Introduced as Men's Basketball Coach

Kermit Davis Officially Introduced as Men's Basketball Coach”

Middle Tennessee just missed out on the NCAA Tournament this year, despite putting together a solid record for the second season in a row.

The 58-year-old has been given that opportunity at MS, where he was introduced as coach on Monday. The introduction came less than 24 hours after Middle Tennessee fell to Louisville in the second round of the NIT.

"It was just one of those things that I knew it was the right place for me", Davis said.

Davis made it clear he had not been looking for another job; however, the Ole Miss head coaching position was simply ideal for the native Mississippian.

Now it has been reported that Davis will have a four-year contract worth $2.5 million a year. He can earn incentives for accomplishments like boosting average attendance and conference championships. His goal is to create a brand similar to the one successful with the Blue Raiders.

Ole Miss officially introduced Kermit Davis as the new men's head basketball coach Monday night in The Pavilion after naming him the head coach last Thursday.

"After assessing the entire landscape of college basketball and speaking to basketball experts across the country to determine the greatest fit for Ole Miss Basketball, the answer was clear - Kermit Davis is the best coach and best leader to take our program to the next level in the SEC and NCAA", Bjork said.

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Davis, who has won over 25 games in each of his last three seasons, is excited about the opportunity at Ole Miss.

"It's going to be relentless, athletic, explosive, a team that's going to have to play on and on and on to beat", Davis said.

"The strength of returning players, we've got to improve those guys, there's talent in that room. We've got to individually get their development to go up".

Before arriving at Middle Tennessee in 2002, Davis spent five seasons as the associate head coach at LSU under John Brady. Davis said the third assistant position could be filled by a current member of the Ole Miss staff or he could open up the spot for a national search. Davis Jr., 58, has certainly paid his dues as a coach, and an SEC job is an SEC job.

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 has graduated 52 consecutive MT student-athletes that exhausted their eligibility.

"I knew it was the right place for me, I wanted to align myself with leadership that I trust, aggressive thinking leadership and obviously a leadership that is all in on Ole Miss basketball...it was a flawless fit for me".



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