Davis expected to take Middle Tennessee job

Reports from Murfreesboro, Tenn., say LSU assistant basketball coach Kermit Davis Jr. will be named the head coach at Middle Tennessee tomorrow.

Tony Stinett of The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro is reporting that Davis is expected to be introduced Middle Tennessee's basketball coach Friday morning. Davis, 42, has spent the last five years at LSU as an assistant under John Brady.

MTSU athletics director Boots Donnelly would not confirm Davis' hiring Wednesday evening but said everything would come out on Friday. Donnelly is replacing Randy Wiel, who resigned last month after posting an 84-90 record over six seasons.

The other finalists were Eric Bozeman, top assistant at Ole Miss; Tim Jankovich, associate head coach at Vanderbilt; Gregg Marshall, head coach at Winthrop; and Mike Perry, assistant coach at Georgia State.

The Daily News Journal reported that Davis made a visit to the Middle Tennessee campus on Tuesday and offered comments on the 14-15 team he is expected to inherit.

"You have a nice base of players coming back," Davis said. "You lost your all-league player in (Lee) Nosse, but you have seven, eight, nine players who played quality minutes in the Sun Belt and won some games.

"With that in place, that's good, and then I think with the added recruiting period you can get your two or three guy. And with the quality coming back, I think you can be real competitive next year."

The Blue Raiders haven't been in the NCAA Tournament since 1989 and have had six losing seasons since 1990-91.

Over the last five years, LSU has posted an 81-70 record with Davis on the staff. He was part of the Tigers' trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2000 and helped this year's team advance to the second round of the post-season National Invitation Tournament.

Davis has previous head coaching experience at Southwest Mississippi Community College (1984-86), Idaho (1988-90,96-97), where the Vandals advanced to the NCAA Tournament two years, Texas A&M (1990-91) and Chipola Junior College (1993-94).

Davis played at his father, Kermit Davis Sr., at Mississippi State and was previously an assistant under Tim Florida at Idaho and spent a year on the staff at Utah State.

There has been no official comment on Davis' status from Brady or LSU.

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