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Ole Miss head coach Kermit Davis tests positive for COVID-19

Contact tracing is ongoing according to university

NCAA Basketball: Vanderbilt at Mississippi Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Ole Miss basketball announced Tuesday head coach Kermit Davis tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

The head coach was able to retest on Tuesday, and is hoping to have different results. The Rebels open up its season on November 25 with the Justin Reed Classic Tournament in Oxford. If his results stand, Davis, 60, will miss the first two games of the season.

It was not specified whether there were other positive cases within the program.

The contract tracing process will also involve those in close contact with coach Davis. With the opening game less than two weeks away, this could mean several players will be missing practice and possibly games.

Kermit Davis will be able to interact and participate in meeting and practice virtually as he prepares his team for the 2020-2021 season. Until he is able to return, assistant coach Ronnie Hamilton will step into the role of interim head coach.

If confirmed, those with positive results will be required to undergo isolation for 10 days.

Davis is entering his third season as the head coach of Ole Miss basketball. He holds a 35-30 overall record in his tenure at the university.

University officials had announced earlier this month the capacity of the Pavilion would be set at 25 percent and masks required. Ole Miss hosted its Pavilion Madness event roughly one week ago with Davis in attendance.