BREAKING: Ole Miss officially announces Kermit Davis as new basketball coach

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Well, the madness in March is going to include a lot more than just those games on the court. Ole Miss will be announcing Middle Tennessee State’s Kermit Davis as the new head basketball coach later today. The news was finalized by the basketball team’s official Twitter account on Thursday morning.

At this point, the news is hardly surprising. It had been speculated for awhile, but any doubt left has now been removed.

Davis had been with the Blue Raiders since 2002. He only had one season (2006-07) where the team didn’t finish with at least a .500 record or better.

His last three seasons may have been some of his best, however.

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The run includes two NCAA Tournament appearances, as well as 81 victories — and counting. The most memorable moment came when Middle Tennessee was able to pull off the biggest upset in tournament history with a 90-81 victory over No. 2 seed Michigan State during the 2015-16 season.

That sort of resume will be a welcomed sight for Ole Miss fans. Despite coming off of three consecutive seasons of 20-plus wins, the Rebels only managed to accumulate a 12-20 record this season, which led to the resignation of longtime coach Andy Kennedy.

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Eight teams in the SEC will be trying to advance in the NCAA Tournament that starts later today. As we all know, Ole Miss isn’t one of them. If Davis’ success translates to the SEC level, don’t expect an absence from the Big Dance to continue to be an issue.

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