Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kennedy To Coach Tonight

You all have heard various reports on what happened last night. The latest news is that Pete Boone and AK met this morning and Kennedy will coach tonight. Evidently there are several sides to this story and Boone believes that AK and company are innocent. Based on several reports I have read it appers that the "cabbie" involved in the altercation started the fight and Kennedy responded to a racial slur against assistant coach Torrey Ward, who is black.

Obviously there are many sides to this story, and I have no idea whats true or not. But until the court proves otherwise, I will take the side of the OM coaching staff instead of Mohammed Ould Jiddou.

One interesting note is that the police report states Bill Armstrong was kicked out of The Lodge Bar however the general manager denied this story.

All in all the Rebs were going to get killed with or without their head coach tonight.

(Clarion Ledger)Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy, who was arrested this morning in Cincinnati, will coach tonight in the Rebels’ nationally televised game against ninth-ranked Louisville in Cincinnati, a school spokesman said. Kennedy, 40, was arrested at 1:45 a.m. today, accused of attacking a taxi driver and shouting racial slurs in downtown Cincinnati, according to a Cincinnati police report.Bill Armstrong, the director of Ole Miss basketball operations, was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, according to police reports.A UM spokesman said that Kennedy met this morning with athletic director Pete Boone to discuss the incident and that Kennedy is scheduled to be on the sidelines when Ole Miss faces Louisville in the SEC/Big East Challenge at 8 p.m at U.S. Bank Arena. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. The spokesman said the university would release a statement about Kennedy later today.According to police and court documents, Armstrong was “intoxicated and ejected” from the Lodge Bar in downtown Cincinnati.Alex Moller, who identified himself as the general manager of the Lodge Bar, disputed the police report when reached by telephone today.“The reports that they were kicked out are untrue,” said Moller. “They were here, but they left on good terms. As for what happened after they left the bar, I don’t know, but there was no incident here.”After leaving the bar, Armstrong and Kennedy got into a cab. That’s when, according to police reports, Armstrong taunted the driver, “in which his conduct was likely to cause a violent response.”Police reports also say that Kennedy “was the aggressor” and punched driver Mohammed Ould Jiddou and used “racial slurs.”According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kennedy has hired attorney Mike Allen to represent him. Allen is the former Hamilton County Prosecutor, which is where Cincinnati is located.Allen entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client this morning, the newspaper reported. In the report, he said Kennedy “emphatically denies this and emphatically denies making any racial slurs.”Steve Kennedy, Andy’s brother, said he has not talked to his brother yet but has spoken with family members, including Andy Kennedy’s wife Kimber. “This is one of the most unfair situations we’ve ever seen,” Steve Kennedy said. “Andy’s still got a lot of friends in Cincinnati that are going to help him fight this.”