Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy says he is staying in Oxford. Kennedy issued a statement to the media Sunday afternoon stating that reports saying he was offered the head coaching position at UAB were false.
“Despite reports to the contrary, I have had no discussions with UAB regarding their Head Coaching position. (UAB Athletics Director) Brian Mackin and I are friends, and I have complete confidence that he will find a quality coach that will lead my alma mater into the future. I’ve put many years of ‘sweat equity’ into Blazer Basketball & Birmingham will always be a special place to me and my family, but I am right where I’m supposed to be,” Kennedy said in the statement. “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 6 seasons & we have many more goals to reach — Hotty Toddy!”
Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones also issued a statement Sunday about keeping Kennedy in Oxford.
“Andy and I have talked several times over the last couple of weeks and Andy and (Ole Miss AD) Ross (Bjork) have had great discussions over the last few days,” Jones said. “Andy wants to coach the Rebels and we want Andy to coach the Rebels. As soon as he returns this week from recruiting, we’ll iron out the details, but rest assured Andy is our coach.” (March 26, 2012, Page 6)