Ole Miss extends coach Kermit Davis's contract after great first season with the Rebels
After landing coach Kermit Davis from Middle Tennessee prior to this season, expectations were still very low for the Ole Miss Rebels.
Instead, Davis led the team to a 20-win season a trip to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed. In the process, he picked up SEC Coach of the Year honors.
On Tuesday, the school announced that it had signed Davis to a four-year extension. AD Ross Bjork heaped the praise on Davis in a statement:
“Coach Davis has quickly established a very high standard for Ole Miss Basketball, and he’s building our program for long term success,” Bjork said. “He’s the perfect fit for our university, and we wanted to show a strong commitment to his leadership. The brand of Ole Miss Basketball is as strong as ever, and our fans have been terrific in their support and energy around our program. The most rewarding and enjoyable part is that this is only the beginning, and the best is yet to come. Congrats to our student-athletes and coaches for making the NCAA Tournament. Go Rebs!”
Davis was under a four-year, $10 million contract. Considering Mississippi doesn’t allow coach contracts longer than four years, it’s probable that this extension is just tacking an extra year onto the end of his current deal.
Still, it was a well-earned extension, and perhaps it came with a raise, though financial details aren’t known at this time.