Andy Kennedy to Step Down at Conclusion of 2017-18 Basketball Season

Andy Kennedy to Step Down at Conclusion of 2017-18 Basketball Season

Otherwise they may have a hard time matching the consistent success they achieved during Kennedy's seldom spectacular but always solid tenure.

"This season has not gone as well as we would have hoped", Kennedy said, "and I'm accountable for that".

Kennedy's contract still had another year on it. The Rebels are 11-14 this season.

This season Kennedy picked up his 100th SEC regular-season win.


Kennedy turned around the Ole Miss basketball program. An assistant at Cincinnati under Bob Huggins before being hired by Ole Miss, Kennedy is the only coach in program history to lead the Rebels to 11 consecutive winning seasons. The 4-8 record in the SEC is just one game ahead of last-place Vanderbilt.

Ole Miss now has eight commitments for 2019, a figure exceeded nationally only by Miami; all eight of the Rebels' pledges are from in-state players. The team then defeated Wisconsin in its first NCAA Tournament game, but fell to La Salle in the next round. It's simply tough to sell decorated prospects on coming to a program with five NCAA tournament victories and one Sweet 16 in its entire history.

That track record might not get fans in Lexington, Chapel Hill or Lawrence excited, but Ole Miss doesn't have the resources most power-conference schools possess. He has coached the Rebels' all-time leader in rebounding (Murphy Holloway), 3-pointers (Chris Warren) and blocked shots (Reginald Buckner). "I didn't want the rest of the season to be about 'what's Andy Kennedy's status?" The Rebels will return to the hardwood Tuesday night, facing Arkansas at The Pavilion. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

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