March 26th, 2012 11:41 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Dan Jones, Ole Miss, Rick Stansbury, UAB
Andy Kennedy just met his new boss — Ole Miss AD Ross Bjork — last week. There’s currently an open position at his alma mater with his name written all over it.
But the Rebels’ basketball coach is staying put. Both Kennedy and UM chancellor Dan Jones said so yesterday. Here’s the coach’s statement:
“Despite reports to the contrary, I have had no discussions with UAB regarding their head coaching position. I’ve put many years of ‘sweat equity’ into Blazer Basketball, and Birmingham will always be a special place to me and my family, but I am right where I’m supposed to be.
The privilege of coaching at Ole Miss in the ultra-competitive SEC is something that I will never take for granted, and we will continue in our efforts to move this program forward. There have been numerous milestones met over the last six seasons, and we have many more goals to reach.”
The takeaway? Kennedy will be getting a contract extension that was already in the works when Bjork was hired. We at MrSEC.com believe he deserves that as he’s led a program with league-worst hoops facilities to five 20-win seasons in six years at Oxford.
However, he’s also never reached an NCAA Tournament and he’s about to start working for a hotshot, young AD that he knows little about. And new athletic directors often like to hire their own guys.
If Kennedy fails at Ole Miss or if Bjork gets froggy and someday nukes him, the coach could come to regret not re-starting his coaching clock at another school — even a school like UAB that would pay him considerably less than Mississippi. Remember, Rick Stansbury had a chance to move to Clemson just a couple of years before he “retired” at Mississippi State. Think he’d take that one back at this point?
Also, with much of a young team back next year, expectations of an NCAA berth will be on the rise at Ole Miss. But if Kennedy is eventually ousted from the school, it’s likely that his soon-to-be extended contract will at least put some nice parting cash in his wallet.
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