Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy parting ways after season

Andy Kennedy to step down as Ole Miss men's basketball coach

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Andy Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss men's basketball history, will step down at the end of the season, according to multiple reports, citing unidentified sources.

A native of Louisville, Kennedy has amassed 245 victories during his 12 seasons as head coach at Ole Miss.

Shy of a health or other personal issue that will prevent him from coaching, Kennedy will have a new job for next season if he wants one.

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Kennedy's resignation, which was first announced by Rivals.com's Neal McCready, will be effective at the end of the season. "With that, I'd like to address this ominous cloud that seems to be hovering over our program", Kennedy said. Since then, the Rebels are one of only 14 teams nationwide to have 11 straight winning seasons.

Under Kennedy, the Rebels finished.500-or-better eight times in conference play (fourth in the SEC).

Ole Miss is often second to Mississippi State for top in-state prospects and the Rebels struggle to pry Memphis players away from the hometown Tigers or other schools that recruit the city. "We will continue to support our student-athletes, Coach Kennedy and his staff, to build the program into a consistent NCAA tournament team". He led the Rebels to 2 NCAA Tournaments and 2 NIT Final Fours.

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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. The Rebels' memorable run as the 2013 SEC Tournament champions resulted in a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where the Rebels upset No. 18 Wisconsin in the opening round. Kennedy has guided 16 All-SEC selections, including the likes of Marshall Henderson, Stefan Moody and Sebastian Saiz. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT on SEC Network.

Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork sat beside Kennedy during the press conference.

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