Kermit Davis just couldn’t find the right formula with the Ole Miss Rebels men’s basketball team, leading to a mutual split last week after going 2-13 in the SEC this season (10-18 overall).
Davis may no longer be with the Rebels, but his support for the basketball program lives on.
Ole Miss began life without Davis on Saturday when they took on the LSU Tigers while interim head coach Win Case managed the team. They come out on top with a solid 82-69 win for their 11th win of the season and third SEC win.
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After the game, Davis’s Twitter account retweeted a post from the Ole Miss basketball page that read «Saturday night DUBS!!!»
But an even bigger display of character from Davis came when Case spoke to the media after the game and said that Davis was still selling potential recruits on the Rebels program.
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Case noted that Davis preached the values of Ole Miss and how special the program is while hoping that recruits would take the Rebels into account when making their decision about the next step in their basketball future.
Most coaches want nothing to do with the college or school they ran once they were fired, but Davis took the high road and remained positive even after leaving his position.
«My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to lead the Ole Miss Men’s Basketball program in the last five years,» Davis said in a statement following the announcement that he was parting ways with the school.
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Davis made his mark as the coach of Middle Tennessee State from 2002 to 2018. He reached the NCAA Tournament three times during his tenure there, including the team’s first-round loss to Michigan State at the 2016 dance.
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Davis moved on to Ole Miss prior to the 2018-2019 season. In 154 career games, he had a 75-79 record with the Rebels. He also coached at Idaho and Texas A&M.