Andy Kennedy and Ross Bjork might have held the most benevolent “stepping down” press conference in the history of the old media practice Monday afternoon.
The pair seemed like old friends, even if Kennedy said he was stepping down at the end of the season.
“I’d like to address this ominous cloud that has been hanging over our program,” he said. “I woke up Sunday morning with a true conviction that there needs to be some clarity concerning the future of Ole Miss basketball moving forward. I’ve been truly blessed to have been 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 its time for a new voice and a new vision moving forward.”
Kennedy leaves the school as its winningest coach ever after 12 seasons. He currently sits at 399 wins and is sure to pass that mark before the end of conference play. While no specific plans were mentioned, it seems like something is in the works to honor what Kennedy has given to the program.
“He changed the mindset, he changed the culture of Ole Miss basketball,” Bjork said. “This foundation will live on for a long time. So as our all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history, we’re going to take the next few weeks and we’re going to walk down memory lane we’re going to celebrate all that he has done for the program. We’re going to thank him for his 12 years of service. He deserves it.”
Kennedy led the Rebels to two NCAA Tournament appearences including a memorable 2012-13 season when the Rebels won the SEC Tournament. He has consistently won 20 games at Ole Miss, but an 11-14 record so far just didn’t seem like enough, and he wasn’t producing many postseason results.
“I have too much respect for this university,” Kennedy said. “I have too much respect for being a head coach in the SEC to allow any speculation about my job status to create divisive distraction for this program and the people who support it. I’m at peace with this decision, I truly am.”
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