After a 10-18 start to the season, Ole Miss has officially let go of men’s basketball head coach Kermit Davis.
We wrote an article earlier this season detailing head coach Kermit Davis and his time at the helm of Ole Miss men’s basketball. At the time the Rebels were 8-8 and while struggling, there still seemed to be hope to save the season.
The university announced the decision Friday morning stating that Davis and Ole Miss “mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately.”
Earlier this year Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter said about the Rebels season and about moving forward with Davis as the coach: “As we get toward the end of the season, we’ll do a full evaluation.” With only a few games left on the season, the evaluation says it was time to let Kermit Davis go.
The time seemed to be ticking on the Ole Miss basketball coach and today he was officially let go after a 10-18 record so far on the year for the Rebels including just two wins against SEC opponents.
Kermit Davis was 74-79 all-time as the head coach and an abysmal 32-55 in the SEC. That run included only two winning seasons out of five, his best being in his first year in 2018-19 when the Rebels went 20-13.
The 2018-19 season included Davis’ only NCAA tournament appearance in his time in Oxford as well, a blowout loss at the hands of Oklahoma in the first round.
After that first year, there was a lot of promise, but the Rebels would fail to make another NCAA tournament and have only trended downward over the last few seasons. Ole Miss brought in Davis after firing long-time coach Andy Kennedy who had compiled a record of 245-156 in his time as the Rebels head coach.
With three regular-season games left and what will likely be an early exit later on in the SEC Tournament, Ole Miss will turn to assistant coach Win Case as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.