You don’t have to read too deeply between the lines to figure out that Kermit Davis spent the 2009-10 season on the hot seat.
Wednesday, the third-winningest coach in Middle Tennessee State basketball history got comfortable again as he was given a four-year contract extension.
“We had a tough evaluation period last year but a lot has been met since then with a good recruiting class and another one on the way, director of athletics Chris Massaro said in a release  announcing the move. “Kermit has also done an excellent job academically and his community outreach is always strong. … There are still areas for improvement as a league and an institution and together we will be active in addressing those needs.”
Davis, who is 137-109 in eight seasons with the Blue Raiders (274-184 overall in his career), now is under contract through 2013-14.
The Blue Raiders never have won 20 games under Davis but they won 19 in 2009-10, which equaled the most during his tenure. They tied for the East Division championship and the best conference record when they went 13-5 in Sun Belt play but lost in their conference tournament opener.
MTSU accepted an invitation to play in the collegeinsider.com postseason tournament but lost in the first round 87-79 to Missouri State.
“It is important this program gets to the NCAA Tournament and in my view the best way for us to accomplish that is with Kermit Davis,” Massaro said. “Continuity with what he has recently put in place is the best and quickest way for us to accomplish our goals.”
The last time NCAA made the NCAA tournament was 1988-89.