Ole Miss' Kennedy will step down at end of season

Ole Miss' Kennedy will step down at end of season

Kennedy is 245-154 all-time at Ole Miss and is the SEC's longest-tenured coach among his current counterparts.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported Monday that Kennedy is leaving his position as basketball coach at the end of the season despite having one year remaining on his contract. An assistant at Cincinnati under Bob Huggins before being hired at Ole Miss, Kennedy is the only coach in program history to lead the Rebels to 11 consecutive winning seasons. This season he picked up his 100th SEC regular-season win and is the only Ole Miss coach to reach that accomplishment. If he does indeed finish the season with Ole Miss before parting ways with the program, that number will obviously change. Bjork said Ole Miss will use the final weeks to "walk down memory lane" and honor Kennedy's legacy with the program. Kennedy has a.500-or-better record against 10 of the 13 SEC teams, including a 13-11 mark versus rival Mississippi State.

Ole Miss now has eight commitments for 2019, a figure exceeded nationally only by Miami; all eight of the Rebels' pledges are from in-state players. The Rebels won the 2013 Southeastern Conference tournament championship and have made the NCAA tournament twice under Kennedy. There were also six other postseason appearances. 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.

However, as programs throughout the conference strengthened, Kennedy's hold in Oxford became more tenuous. Kennedy has guided 16 All-SEC selections, including the likes of Marshall Henderson, Stefan Moody and Sebastian Saiz. "I didn't want the rest of the season to be about 'what's Andy Kennedy's status?"

He is expected to make the announcement at a 3 p.m. ET news conference in Oxford. The Rebels will return to the hardwood Tuesday night, facing Arkansas at The Pavilion.

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