Bjork: Extension for Kennedy in the works

Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork says he’s met with basketball coach Andy Kennedy and with Kennedy’s representation, and plans are under way to extend Kennedy’s contract to the four-year maximum allowed by state law.

Bjork did not offer specifics beyond that.

Kennedy got a raise to $1.8 million a year and had his contract extended to four years in 2013 after leading the Rebels to the SEC tournament championship and an NCAA tournament win over Wisconsin.

Earlier this week Kennedy’s name was mentioned in connection with the opening at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

“I’ve talked to Andy and his representative, and there’s nothing to that story, that connection. We met this morning and talked about how we get basketball better, how we become more consistent, what the future holds. Andy’s our coach, he’s our guy,” Bjork said.

Kennedy said his name being linked with USF was nothing more than “speculation.” He refused further comment.

“The South Florida stuff … things get thrown out there in our business. It’s hard to say where it came from. It doesn’t really matter. We know we’re moving ahead with Andy as our coach. We’re excited about the future and what we can do in basketball,” Bjork said.

Kennedy is 171-101 after eight seasons at Ole Miss.

The Rebels finished 19-14, 9-9 in SEC regular-season play, and did not play in postseason for the second time under Kennedy.

“It’s time for Ole Miss to get behind our coach, our facilities, and it starts with us, the administration. I’m excited about what we have as a foundation and really what we can now build knowing the assets that we have in place. We’ve never had this before,” Bjork said. “We’ve never had an established head coach, more budget in our program, a facility plan … let’s see how those pieces can perform. I think the sky’s the limit.

“Those are all the things to list out that say we have the right ingredients, now we’ve got to support it, stir it and let it grow. I think we can do that. And frankly, Andy has earned that right to say this is his program, our program, ‘Let’s go, let’s everybody lock arms and move ahead.’”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to Kory Keys and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • karl hungus

    Yes!! Great move to keep Squidward!!! Give him 4 more years. Of course it’s like Bjork just bought tickets to ride the Titanic, but great move. Money well spent for a NIT legend.

  • Rebelcuz

    I am glad to see that ole miss is going to keep coach Kennedy.I think he has done a good job with what he has to work with.A building that is out dated.Good luck coach.

  • karl hungus

    Rod Barnes had the same building, same everything…and went to the NCAA tournament 4 outta 6 years…and did it against better competition in the SEC west..Squidward is a NIT clown..or worse, but hey I love it…ole miss will he last place for the foreseeable future.

    • TheGiantRebel

      Hey Dungus,
      The vast majority of what you say on here is not true, and this isnt any different, but if you are trying to spout ‘facts’, get them right: Barnes was at OM for 8 years. He took the rebs to the NCAA’s 3x and once to the NIT. That was all accomplished in his first 4 seasons. His final 4 seasons he did not see the postseason, and was less than .500 each of those years…
      In AK’s 8 years he has taken the rebs to the postseason 6 times… once to the big dance, and 5 NIT’s… never had a losing season
      Now you can get back to your coloring book.

      • karl hungus

        I wish that I could colour a rosy world like the spin masters of Ole Miss. I could colour false championship banners, put out a picture of the N.C. crystal ball with Ole Miss logo next to it, like Freeze did, before the NCAA said no! You can’t do that, because that’s a lie. Or I could paint a veil over despicable acts perpetrated by players. Or colour a NIT bubble coach and make him look like Coach K. I need your crayons.

        • mom

          if you would finally come out of the basement you might find that the world isn’t the ugly place that you imagine, honey.

        • TheGiantRebel

          All I did was point out the facts… to compare to YOUR lies…
          now go back to your cage and rattle your little trident…

          • karl hungus

            Brick killed a guy with trident. “You must keep your head on a swivel when you’re in a vicious cock fight” Ron Burgundy.

        • Seth Mohundro

          You need to stay on topic when you are trying to argue a point. You try to point something out and then chase rabbits and say the dumbest things I have ever heard and I doubt you even know what you are talking about. And it’s “color”, not “colour.” Ole Miss didn’t teach you that for sure. I think Kennedy is a good coach. I wouldn’t mind playing under him. On the other hand, I don’t think giving him the maximum extension is the “best” idea in this situation. Give him maybe two more years and observe the progress of the basketball program during that span, and then make a decision from there based on how he does. I constantly have my eyes on him and the program and it isn’t as bad as you want to make it out. But I stick to what I said and give him a couple more years. Keep on topic and don’t go off on some totally different subject or person.

          • Seth Mohundro

            And have some respect and call coaches and people by their actual name if you are going to constantly be on here for no reason. I find it funny that a so-called “State fan” is on an Ole Miss website obsessing over Ole Miss things more than State things. Yes!! Of course you are real fan. And I’m Justin Timberlake.

          • karl hungus

            Then there’s Karl Mecklenburg, Denver Bronco great defensive player. He was on those great Elway teams. Yes there is a Karl Hall of Fame and I’m proud to be a part of it. Colour can actually be spelled each way, just like Dufensmirtz

          • Seth Mohundro

            You wouldn’t know facts about Ole Miss if they smacked you in the face. You got the facts about Barnes ALL wrong. Then you change the subject when you realize you are wrong and do not acknowledge you made a mistake. And you call others ignorant. You are the hypocrite my friend. And you have to remember this when you talk about Kennedy and Ole Miss basketball. Ole Miss has not had a consistent history of success in basketball. So by trying to begrudge our basketball program, it makes you look like a complete idiot. THESE are FACTS. Learn some.

          • karl hungus

            Here’s an indisputable fact! The Sharkfins are at home, while 101 other teams are playing…now as they say,” just the facts, man.” Ole Miss will continue to live in mediocrity.

          • TheGiantRebel

            here’s another fact dungus… msu went home faster than Ole Miss…

          • Seth Mohundro

            True story

  • Doug

    Why does UM keep giving him more money?
    I agree with Karl. I was in school when Barnes was there. I was in OK City when Valpo hit the shit to beat us. I never felt more down than I do now.

  • Seth Mohundro

    Come on Bjork. You are a terrific AD but this wasn’t the smartest decision. Kennedy is a good guy but I think it is time to hand the rains over to another candidate.

  • Parrish Alford

    In the interview Bjork really focused on Kennedy’s overall record at Ole Miss. Here’s more from the interview. “I look at where we were before Andy got
    here. I wasn’t here, but (Ole Miss had) four losing seasons in a row.
    Since then he hasn’t had a losing record. Before he got here we had
    won 42 percent of our games as a total program in 95 years of
    basketball. Since then we’ve won 63 percent. We all
    have to take a step back and say where was the program before this
    head coach came on board, and where are we now? Yes, we know we
    missed the NCAA tournament this year, but we are so much better off
    as a basketball program.”

  • karl hungus

    101 NCAA basketball teams in action…where are the mighty Sharkfins? At home? Yes! Squidward needs an extension for having his team inside the top 200.

  • karl hungus

    Then there’s Karl Lewis…great Olympic athlete and very poor National Anthem singer.

  • Karl hungus

    Of course there’s the co-founder of the Labor Theory of Value, Karl Marx, who with Engels believed that the common worker deserved some of the colours of the wealthy.

  • karl hungus

    Here’s another fact. Auburn made a great hire with Bruce Pearl. Auburn will make the NCAA tournament before Ole Miss. Everybody knows it. You can spin it anyway you want, but that’s the fact.

    • Seth Mohundro

      That’s not a fact. That’s an opinion. You need to learn the definition of a fact. It is something that is non-disputable. That most definitely IS disputable. And yes Ole Miss is sitting at home not playing in the post-season. Here is a fact. STATE IS TOO. You throw out one measly fact and think you’re smart. My little cousins can throw out one fact about something. Woopdidoo! Pearl is a good coach. SO WHAT? It’s in the past now so stop talking about it. Stop living in a world where the air doesn’t move. Grow up.

  • karl hungus

    Squidward is less tha Pearl and now Ole Miss has a bad case of Pearl envy.

  • karl hungus

    Karl Kraus is another great KARL. The Austrian satirist was quick witted and widely quoted, very much like the great Karl Hungus. Who’s yo daddy? This is MY State!

  • Seth Mohundro

    Of course you go on thinking higher of yourself than you are and try to avoid your own arguments that can’t even be called “arguments” because you are blinded by your own ignorance. Nobody would want to quote you because they would become dumber reading your comments and be vain as well.

    • karl hungus

      I have read several of my quotes, regurgitated on this blog. Although most are misquotes and slanderous. I still am amused by my popularity among the Sharkfin faithful.

      • Seth Mohundro

        I wouldn’t call it popularity. I call it, why is a State fan on an Ole Miss blog obsessing over Ole Miss things and still say you are a State fan. Not even your quotes man. The things you say are “facts” are merely opinions. You are entitled to that but you aren’t entitled to say that they are more than opinions.

        • rebelfan

          Seth, Karl’s point should be clear to you. Just like when he was posting as Turfguy and CidRielly, if you will ignore him and quit responding to him, he will go away. The reason he comes on here is because he knows you are going to respond to him. Try it. In 2 weeks or less I guarantee he will go away for a while and then make up another name and come back to see if you will take the bait again.

          • karl hungus

            Sharkfinfan, you have me confused with someone else and you underdemeciate me and my relentless pursuit of the truth and to uncover cheating programs.

          • Seth Mohundro

            And you do so with no evidence. You listen to everything the media puts out that you let it blind you from the real truth. The media will put ANYTHING out there just to get better ratings. It’s fools like you who listen to them instead of seeking out what really happened. The media lies just like the presidential candidates when they are competing for president. You fall prey to their iniquities.

          • Seth Mohundro

            It doesn’t bother me man. He ain’t that smart anyway and doesn’t know what respect is and it won’t ever get through to him.

  • Karl hungus

    Sal, it’s one of the more commonly used algorithms. Where the variable standard is greater than the beginning commonalities but less than the sum of the functions found within the quotient.

  • UMBBFan

    Success for a college basketball coach or team is measured by NCAA tourney appeareances and success. Even though I think this has been Kennedy’s best coaching year, he once again failed to get into the big dance.

    • Seth Mohundro

      I agree with you to an extent. If you look, Ole Miss hasn’t had a history of getting into the NCAA tournament. What big name coach do you know of would want to come to a school with a bad history in terms of tournament appearances? I am interested in getting someone else in there to see if they can build the program up to that standard though. I am a life-long Ole Miss fan. I still have a Colonel Reb cloth poster hanging in my room. You can’t get anything with the colonel on it anymore. And remember this as well, our basketball program plays 3rd fiddle behind baseball and football. Not necessarily in that order. It is hard when you aren’t as well funded as those sports. Those nice facilities are what recruits like to see as well as a family as a team.

  • karl hungus,

    UMBBFAN gets it!! Unencumbered truth seeker! He has a great perspective on the expectations of a quality hoops program. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get into the dance. Just a full roster, two or three talented starters and solid coaching. The gym you play in doesn’t matter. Bama plays in a dump, but they got in the dance consistently under Gottfried…under current coach, not do much. Point is it’s not the wrapping, it’s what happens inside.

  • karl hungus

    It’s not like Auburn has a grand tradition…they put up the dough and got a top 10 coach. Ole Miss, had they canned Squidward, coulda had Pearl. That’s how a tradition is started. Get a top tier coach that invigorates the fan base, brining in many dollars…and if and when he leaves…another high quality coach comes in, because the previous coach was successful. From there it goes in perpetuity.

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