Pulled into Tupelo about 8 last night after a day of driving. It’s a credit to the Kansas City folks for the work they did on the roads.
Anyway, a few links of interest on this Tuesday morning.
USA Today catches some Marshall Henderson highlights here, tweets, comments, etc. It’s a fraction of what went on during the year.
This is an NBCSports.com link referencing Henderson’s gesture to Kansas fans after the game. After the game was the most engaged Kansas fans were al night. The link shows Twitter reports by Danny Parkins, a Kansas sports radio host. Henderson was accused of this with crowds at Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Auburn, but it was never substantiated. Things kind of slowed down on the Henderson watch after the Auburn game. Ole Miss basketball ops director Dayton Miller and assistant coach Bill Armstrong became more involved in getting him off the court. It was Miller’s job to find Henderson at every dead ball. The SEC and NCAA tournaments provided Henderson a bigger stage, however. More cameras to catch more of Henderson. Also more fans seeing him live for the first time which created more heckling. It was my experience from watching Henderson that his non-traditional behavior was more about responding to someone that initiating. That doesn’t excuse it but may explain it a little bit.
CBS columnist Greg Doyel expects Henderson to be back for his senior season. So do I and for the same reasons stated here. With the attrition rate in college basketball nothing is certain. However, whatever Henderson says should be taken with a grain of salt particularly in the seconds after an emotional loss when the season has come to an abrupt end.
It’s not surprising that Henderson and Johnny Manziel would eventually meet up on Twitter. They seem to be kindred spirits. Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, seems like Henderson with slightly more polished interview skills, meaning he won’t say just anything.
In other Ole Miss basketball news, will Andy Kennedy be the next coach at UCLA? He gets some mention in this LA Time story.
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