Ole Miss and head basketball coach Kermit Davis have mutually agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Win Case will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Davis, who was hired to replace Andy Kennedy in 2018, was named Southeastern Conference (SEC) Coach of the Year in his first season and led the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament where they were eliminated in the first round by Oklahoma.
The Leakesville native and Mississippi State alum spent 16 seasons as head coach at Middle Tennessee State before taking the job in Oxford. He posted a 74-79 overall record at Ole Miss and has had three losing seasons during his five-season tenure with the Rebels. The team has posted a 10-18 overall mark and are 2-13 in conference play thus far this season.
“We thank Coach Davis for his dedication to the Ole Miss basketball program and our student-athletes,” Ole Miss Athletics Director Keith Carter said. “No one wanted to bring a title home to Mississippi more than him, and we appreciate the passion for that goal that he shared with our team every day. As he has throughout his career, Coach Davis worked tirelessly to produce a winner, and we wish him, Betty, and his family the very best in the future.”
Carter will now conduct a national search to find Davis’s replacement.