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Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis tests positive for COVID, waiting for results of re-testing

Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis tests positive for COVID, waiting for results of re-testing

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesman with the Athletics Department.

“After going through the team’s regular protocol Monday, it was determined Tuesday that head coach Kermit Davis tested positive for COVID-19. Coach Davis retested Tuesday, and those confirmation results are still pending,” says the statement released this afternoon.

The players are going through contact tracing, and those found to be a close contact will go into quarantine per medical guidelines.

The Rebels are scheduled to begin their 2020-21 basketball schedule at home in The Pavilion on Nov. 25 in the first game of the inaugural Justin Reed Classic. Ole Miss will host Jackson State, Arkansas State and Central Arkansas in the tournament.

If today’s test also comes back positive, Coach Davis will remain in isolation at his home and miss the first two games of the season on November 25 and 26.

Assistant coach Ronnie Hamilton will serve as the team’s interim head coach during Coach Davis’ absence on the sidelines. Coach Davis will still be able to observe practices and communicate with the team virtually.

We will have updates on this as we learn more.

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

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