In the stroke of three wild days in Nashville, the embattled Ole Miss basketball coach not only ended speculation that he’d be fired the same season he became the program’s winningest head coach, but that his style of coaching and development couldn’t get the Rebels to the NCAA Tournament. (more…) (March 18, 2013, Page 1B)
Even in the midst of a wild celebration, Andy Kennedy strongly disagreed with his star players. Reginald Buckner, Murphy Holloway, Nick Williams and Marshall Henderson repeatedly told the media over the course of their three days at the SEC Tournament that Ole Miss’ five-game winning streak en route to their first SEC title since 1981 was a direct response to the Rebels’ awful, thought-to-be-season-ending loss at Mississippi State.
They had the big St. Patrick’s Day parade in Jackson and the Chicago River flowed green for a while Sunday, but there were no big public celebrations in Oxford. Editor Don Whitten, tongue in cheek, expresses surprise that city leaders did not ask for a special exemption for alcohol sales as the city has for several other “special” Sundays during the year. (March 18, 2013, Page 4A)
Saturday’s 81-67 win over LSU on the road not only gave the Ole Miss Rebels their first 12-win season in Southeastern Conference play since 1998, but it also helped garner an honor for head coach Andy Kennedy in the process. (more…) (March 12, 2013, Page 7)
COLUMN: The latest chapter of the ongoing Andy Kennedy saga will take place tonight when Ole Miss tries to avenge its recent “bad loss” to Texas A&M at home. As it stands, the Rebels are either on the very tip of the bubble or the very edge of the first teams out of the NCAA Tournament, depending on your preferred bracketologist. (more…) (February 27, 2013, Page 7)
COLUMN: Saturday night’s often ugly, ultimately triumphant trip to Auburn — a place where so many Ole Miss basketball seasons past had hit a pot hole with a definitive “bad loss” in conference play — was marked more for Henderson’s postgame jersey-popping display to Tiger fans than anything on the court. (more…) (January 29, 2013, Page 7)