Ole Miss basketball coach Kermit Davis asked about job security
The 2021-22 season was Ole Miss’ worst under Kermit Davis, but the Rebel head coach says he’ll be back next season.
No. 13-seed Ole Miss fell to No. 12-seed Mizzou 72-60 in the opening game of SEC Tournament. With the loss, the Rebels finished the 2021-22 campaign 13-19, their worst record under Davis in 4 seasons. After the game, Davis was asked if he has had talks with Ole Miss administration about being the head coach moving forward. Davis is confident he’ll be coaching the Rebels for 2022-23 after talking to Ole Miss athletic director Keith Carter.
“I have conversations,” Davis told reporters. “I know exactly … I’ve got an unbelievable AD. He was a big part of the process with Ross (Bjork) when they hired me 4 years ago. We’ve been to the 2 postseasons in 4 years, and I thought we were an NCAA tournament team last year…
“It’s a big boy league, and I get it, but I’ve got a great AD. We’re going to work day and night to get this thing flipped next year, and they’ve given us every resource to be successful at Ole Miss, so it’s right on us. We’re going to go out and put together a roster that the Ole Miss fans can be proud of, and we’re going to be right here next year hopefully playing for seeding in the NCAA Tournament and having a great chance to win a national.”
Ole Miss made the Big Dance in 2019, Davis’ first season. In 2020, the Rebels were 15-17 before the postseason tournaments were canceled. Last year, Ole Miss posted a 16-12 record, making the NIT. Davis has a 64-61 record in 4 seasons at Ole Miss.