Ole Miss expected to hire Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis

Ole Miss is expected to hire Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis as its new men's basketball coach, sources close to the situation told ESPN.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

Davis, 58, has spent the past 16 years at Middle Tennessee and has taken the program to three NCAA tournament appearances.

The Blue Raiders won the Conference USA regular-season championship, but were left out of the NCAA tournament field after losing to Southern Miss in the C-USA tourney.

Davis' Middle Tennessee team pounded Ole Miss this past season and was 4-1 against the Rebels since 2011-12.

Davis, a Mississippi native, will replace Andy Kennedy.

In 1990, Davis coached at Texas A&M, which is now part of the SEC. That year, the team was given two years' probation and a one-year postseason ban by the NCAA for recruiting violations under Davis. He resigned after one season and then took a job as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College. He worked as an assistant at Utah State afterward, until landing his next head coaching job, at Idaho. He joined the Louisiana State University staff as an assistant coach after a year at Idaho and took over at Middle Tennessee in 2002.