Ole Miss basketball: Report lists pair of controversial targets among potential candidates for HC vacancy
Ole Miss basketball is in the process of beginning its search for a new head coach. On Friday, the Rebels officially announced Kermit Davis was out with a mutual parting of the ways during his 5th season with the program.
Though the program won 20 games and made it to the NCAA Tournament in Davis’ first season, Ole Miss has just one winning season since then and a losing record across the past two seasons. To get back to winning ways, it looks like the Rebels might consider a pair of controversial targets for the vacancy.
According to Jeff Goodman with Stadium, Ole Miss is likely to consider former Texas head coach Chris Beard and former LSU head coach Will Wade, both of which have a fair amount of baggage to account for. Dusty May is another candidate likely to be considered after going 91-59 overall in 5 seasons at FAU.
Another name picking up some traction for Ole Miss, per sources.
Former LSU coach Will Wade.
Again, like Beard, would be a risk – especially without NCAA investigation resolved.
But he and Beard have track record of winning. https://t.co/tir13iPXzc
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) February 24, 2023
Though the case was eventually dismissed by the District Attorney, Beard was involved in a domestic violence case this season before being dismissed by the Longhorns. As for Wade, he was eventually fired for cause by LSU related to multiple Level I violations during his time with the Tigers.
It will be interesting to see if Ole Miss is able to look past the baggage attached to either individual in the search for a new coach.