The Rebels’ head coach is reportedly expected to step down today.
The Andy Kennedy era at Ole Miss is reportedly coming to an end. The Rebels’ head coach is expected to step down today.
Kennedy, 49, has been the program’s head coach since 2006. He’s the winningest head coach in the program’s history.
Multiple reports say that Kennedy and Ole Miss will announce they are parting ways at a press conference this afternoon. The move is set for the end of the season.
Kennedy, who won the SEC Tournament in 2013 and has taken Ole Miss to two NCAA Tournaments, did not receive a contract extension at the end of the 2016-17 season. It’s unclear if that has played into today’s decision.
“Chancellor Vitter, Coach Kennedy and I all have high expectations for our basketball program,” Ross Bjork, Ole Miss’ athletic director, said at the end of the 2017 season. “We have invested more than ever before with the construction of The Pavilion, enhancements to the Tuohy Center, addition of new staff members and increased recruiting resources.
Coach Kennedy has a multi-year contract with three years remaining on his current agreement. We will continue to support our student-athletes, Coach Kennedy and his staff, to build the program into a consistent NCAA tournament team.”
Kennedy has gone 245-154 as Ole Miss’ head coach. The Rebels are 11-14 this season.
Neal McCready first reported the news. It’s been confirmed by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish.
Two sources indicate #OleMiss coach Andy Kennedy is expected to step down, effective at the end of the season, during today's 3 p.m. press conference. Kennedy has been unavailable for comment.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) February 12, 2018
Ole Miss and Andy Kennedy are expected to soon announce they will part ways at the end of this season, a source told @CBSSports. AK will leave Oxford as the winningest coach in Ole Miss history.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 12, 2018
The press conference is reportedly set for 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m E.T). Stay tuned for more updates.