Kermit Davis Says Ole Miss Basketball Will Respect Flag, National Anthem

Annette Crawford
March 21, 2018

A special press conference was held in The Pavilion to introduce Kermit Davis, longtime coach Andy Kennedy's replacement.

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. Middle Tennessee swept the conference regular-season and tourney titles on its way to a second consecutive trip to the Big Dance and a victory over the fifth-seeded Gophers. "It's who we're going to be", Davis said.

"It was hard to leave Murfreesboro", Davis said.

"We have a system of play". "But we still pull for Mississippi State, too". We're going to play fast and smart in transition.

Now it has been reported that Davis will have a four-year contract worth $2.5 million a year. Ole Miss also paid his $700,000 buyout from Middle Tennessee. Ross Bjork and the Ole Miss Athletics Department have allocated $900,000 for the three hires, up from previous allocations.

Before arriving at Middle Tennessee in 2002, Davis spent five seasons as the associate head coach at LSU under John Brady. He said he's going to interview all of the current staff and hold a national search to decide who will fill the third full-time spot. "I feel great with our guys here".

During the school's introduction, Davis discussed returning to his home state, the vision he has for the Ole Miss program, and much more. "The process goes on and when I met with Chancellor Vitter and Ross, it was just one of those things that I knew it was the right place for me".

He is taking over a program at Ole Miss that last made the tournament in 2015. We have talked to all the signees in the fall, they feel very good. "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 in the prepared opening remarks of his introductory press conference this week. "We are going to take our time". All those things from culture is what we're about.

"I'm incredibly honored and excited to be the basketball coach at the University of MS", said Davis.

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