Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Kennedy Coach of Year/Other Rebels Honored

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy was named SEC coach of the year by the Associated Press this afternoon. This is a great recognition for Kennedy who edged out Vandy's Kevin Stallings for the honor. Kennedy turned a fading and short on talent program around in less than a year and made them into a fun, intense, team that was co-champions of the west. Congrats to A.K.

OXFORD, Miss. -- In his debut season at Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy returned the Rebels to the top of the Southeastern Conference Western Division, and on Tuesday, was named the SEC Coach of the Year by the Associated Press.
Also gathering AP honors were senior guards Clarence Sanders and Todd Abernethy. Sanders was selected Second Team All-SEC, while Abernethy was an Honorable Mention All-SEC pick.
Kennedy guided Ole Miss, a preseason last-place pick in the West, to its first division title since 2001 and its most wins -- both overall (19) and SEC (8) -- in five years. The Rebels knocked off 18th-ranked Alabama for first its top-25 victory since 2004 and defeated current No. 22 Tennessee.
A 38-year-old native of Louisville, Miss., Kennedy came to Ole Miss after a season as interim head coach at Cincinnati, where he was labeled the Big East Coach of the Year by CBS Sportsline and the New York Post. Thrust into duty less than three months before the season, he led a shaken Bearcat program to a 21-13 record and the brink of an NCAA Tournament berth, despite the nation's fifth-toughest schedule and a roster short on staff and scholarship players.
Kennedy is the fifth Ole Miss mentor to earn SEC Coach of the Year distinction.