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Ole Miss and head men’s basketball coach Kermit Davis have mutually agreed to part ways effective immediately, the university announced on Friday. Davis was in the midst of his fifth season in Oxford.
“My family and I are extremely thankful for the opportunity to lead the Ole Miss men’s basketball program the past five years,” Davis said in a statement. “We appreciate Chancellor Boyce, Keith Carter, the staff and players for their support and work ethic on behalf of our program, and I wish Ole Miss the best going forward. Oxford is a special place to live and work.”
The split between the Rebels and Davis has felt inevitable for months now. While Davis led Ole Miss to the NCAA Tournament in his first year on campus, Ole Miss has struggled mightily the last two seasons.
Ole Miss is 10-18 overall this season and just 2-13 in SEC play. Over the last two seasons, the Rebels have posted a 6-27 record in the conference resulting in the program not even sniffing the bubble for March Madness.
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Assistant coach Win Case will serve as the interim head coach for Ole Miss’ final three regular-season games and during the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter announced a national search for the Rebels’ next head coach is underway.
Names that have been mentioned in the rumor mill as potential candidates include former Texas head coach Chris Beard, FAU head coach Dusty May, and College of Charleston head coach Pat Kelsey.
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