Kermit Davis was named SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press, and rightly so.
In his very first season as head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels, Davis took a team picked to finish last in the conference and finished 20-11 (10-8 SEC). In so doing, he also probably helped Ole Miss punch its ticket back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015.
The Rebels finished 12-20 (5-13) just last year. Davis molded a team made of mostly those same players into a winner.
This remarkable turnaround was unexpected, to say the least. The AP called Ole Miss “the SEC’s biggest surprise.”
The coach of the year recognition is well-deserved.
Congrats to Davis.
Congratulations are also due to Ross Bjork. This one definitely belongs on the résumé.
Frankly, I questioned the hire of Davis last year. I wanted a splashier name. I thought Davis was the easy hire, but not necessarily the right one.
I was wrong.
Kudos to Bjork for a great hire and to all – coach, players and AD alike – for a great season. It’s been a fun one, and it’s still going.