BLOG — Ole Miss and men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy have agreed to a new deal, one that will keep the reigning Southeastern Conference Tournament champion coach in Oxford through 2017.Terms of the new deal were released to the media just after 5 p.m. Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork confirmed the details of the deal were close to being completed during the introduction of new women’s coach Matt Insell. Kennedy will now make $1.8 million per season, up $500,000 per year from his old deal. He now ranks sixth out of the 14 coaches in the SEC in salary, according to the information released by Ole Miss.
The extension comes less than a month after Kennedy helped lead the Rebels to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the first for the Rebels since 2002. Kennedy also became the school’s winningest coach this season and now enters the 2013-14 season with 152 overall wins and six seasons in which he has won 20 or more games.
“As Ole Miss’ all-time winningest coach, Andy is a great fit for our program and is the right person to lead us for many years to come,” Bjork said in a statement. “As a Mississippian, no other head coach has poured more work into our program, and he truly understands the ingredients it takes for us to have consistent success in the SEC and on the national stage. During our interaction the past year and especially the last six weeks, I see a new sense of energy from Coach Kennedy and his staff, and we are excited to see our program continue to grow on and off the court.”
Kennedy expressed his gratitude to Bjork and Ole Miss for the new contract in the same statement.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to continue leading the men’s basketball program at Ole Miss,” Kennedy said. “The commitment shown by Ross and (Ole Miss Chancellor) Dr. (Dan) Jones exemplifies their vision for our program moving forward. I am very proud of the foundation that we have laid and I look forward to building on this SEC Championship season.” (April 12, 2013)