The Andy Kennedy era is coming to an end in Oxford.
According to multiple reports, the Ole Miss basketball coach will finish out the season before stepping down. The Rebels are 11-14 overall so far this season with a conference record of 4-8.
While the SEC has continued to elevate its standing among the stronger leagues in the nation, one program that has failed to do its part is Kennedy’s Ole Miss program. Kennedy took over the program in 2006 but has led the Rebels to only one NCAA Tournament appearance in the previous four seasons. Barring a miracle run in the SEC Tournament, the Rebels will extend that streak to five seasons next month.
News of Kennedy’s future is being reported by Neal McCready of Rivals:
Two sources indicate #OleMiss coach Andy Kennedy is expected to step down, effective at the end of the season, during today's 3 p.m. press conference. Kennedy has been unavailable for comment.
— Neal McCready (@NealMcCready) February 12, 2018
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports is also reporting the news:
Ole Miss and Andy Kennedy are expected to soon announce they will part ways at the end of this season, a source told @CBSSports. AK will leave Oxford as the winningest coach in Ole Miss history.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) February 12, 2018
The move has since become official:
THIS JUST IN: Ole Miss and Andy Kennedy have agreed to part ways at the end of the season.
Kennedy will exit as the winningest coach in Ole Miss history. pic.twitter.com/sdidaWXYyx
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) February 12, 2018