Andy Kennedy
Andy Kennedy, Joe Robbins (Getty Images)

Ole Miss has announced that men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy will step down at the end of the season. In his 12th season at Ole Miss, the Rebels are a disappointing 4-9 in SEC play and 11-15 overall. The Rebels only have three victories in their last 12 games.

Per the Clarion-Ledger, Andy Kennedy will go down as the winningest coach in school history with a record of 245-154 and is the only coach in program history to lead the Rebels to 11 consecutive winning seasons. The former SEC coach of the year achieved nine 20-win seasons and led Ole Miss to the NCAA tournament twice and two NIT Final Fours.

Before Kennedy came to Ole Miss, it was a program with only seven 20-win seasons and nine postseason victories in its nearly 100 years of existence. The best postseason result the Rebels accomplished was a Sweet 16 appearance in 2001 under Rod Barnes. Kennedy took the Ole Miss job during the 2006-2007 season after serving as head coach at Cincinnati during the 2005-2006 season when Bob Huggins resigned.

Ole Miss held a press conference and Kennedy stated:

“It’s time for a new voice and a new vision for this program.”

Ole Miss has a tough challenge ahead of them with getting a coach who will be able to recruit to a school that hasn’t prioritized basketball and has tough in-state competition from Mississippi State.

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