Ole Miss, Louisville’s Kennedy, agree to contract extension

From school reports

OXFORD — On the heels of an NCAA Tournament appearance and SEC
Tournament Championship, Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy
Kennedy’s contract has been extended to run through 2017, Athletics
Director Ross Bjork announced Friday.

Kennedy’s four-year deal is the longest allowed by the state of
Mississippi and includes a base salary of $1.8 million, which ranks
seventh among SEC head coaches. It also includes incentives for SEC
regular season and NCAA postseason success and a 40 percent increase
in the investment of assistant coach and basketball support staff
salaries.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have the opportunity to
continue leading the men’s basketball program at Ole Miss,” said
Kennedy, a Louisville native. “The commitment shown by Ross and (Ole
Miss Chancellor) Dr. 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.”

The all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history, Kennedy guided the
Rebels to the SEC Tournament Championship and the school’s first NCAA
Tournament appearance since 2002 this season. Ole Miss tied the
school record with 27 wins and led the SEC in scoring for the first
time in school history as Kennedy earned SEC Coach of the Year honors.

Kennedy has led the Rebels to a 152-87 record in his seven seasons as
head coach and is the only coach in Ole Miss history to post six 20-
plus win seasons and lead his squad to six postseason berths. He has
posted the fourth-most wins in SEC history by a coach in his first
seven years in the league at one school, trailing just Rick Pitino
(184), Wimp Sanderson (155) and Joe B. Hall (154).

Kennedy is also just the fifth coach in SEC history with 20-plus wins
in six of his first seven seasons in the conference at one school.

“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,”
said Bjork. “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.”

A two-time SEC Coach of the Year selection, Kennedy has more
postseason wins (8) than any coach in school history and has coached
Ole Miss’ all-time leading rebounder (Murphy Holloway), 3-point
shooter (Chris Warren) and blocked shots leader (Reginald Buckner).
The Louisville, Miss., native has also led the Rebels to two SEC West
titles and a pair of NIT Final Four appearances.