Ole Miss Men’s basketball coach stepping down
Ole Miss head men’s basketball Coach Andy Kennedy says in 27 years of college basketball, as a player and coach, this is the first time he’s been a part of a losing program in February. Today, he announced he’d be stepping down at the conclusion of this season.
Kennedy made his decision public at a press conference this afternoon in the middle of his 12th season as head man of the Rebels. Right now, Ole Miss is 11-14 overall and a lowly 4-8 in the SEC.
As the all-time winningest coach in the history of the program, those marks are well below the expectations of 11 straight winning seasons.
At the beginning of the season, Kentucky and Florida were the only two SEC schools with more victories than Ole Miss since Kennedy was hired in 2006.
That’s why these recent struggles made his decision to hang it up something he can reflect on in a positive light. “I woke up Sunday morning with a true conviction that there needed to be some clarity as it relates to the future of Ole Miss basketball moving forward. I’ve been blessed, truly blessed, to have had the opportunity to be a head coach in the Southeastern Conference in my home state for 12 years. That is a true blessing, this I know. I also know that it’s time for a new voice and a new vision for this program moving forward.”
Kennedy has nine 20 win seasons at Ole Miss and has led the Rebels to a pair of NCAA tournaments as well as two NIT final fours.