The Ole Miss Rebels are having a season to remember, but one they might want to forget. The Rebels find themselves knee-deep in the NCAA Tournament bubble discussion and fans have become none-too-happy with head coach, Andy Kennedy. I guess this is what Kennedy gets for having his team start strong, then falter, only to need a strong finish to make the big dance.
However, all hope is not lost for Kennedy. Fans and alum don’t make the decision on whether or not a head coach needs to get the boot. The wonderful decision on if a person has to put their life’s work in a box belongs to a university’s athletic director. For Ole Miss, that man happens to be Ross Bjork.
Bjork told the Clarion-Ledger, “My position hasn’t changed despite how painful it was (Saturday) night.” So Kennedy still seems to be hanging on by a straw. A straw mind you, that is starting to be more reminiscent of a thin hair than a drinking utensil.
Kennedy has obviously been asked about his job status. This is what he had to say after a March 2nd loss:
“I understand the frustration of the fans. I feel that same frustration. You talk about a guy that has blood, sweat and tears in this for seven years. I’ve been dancing on this fence for a long time. All I do, I control what I can control. All of those questions, all of that speculation should be asked to the person who has the ability to make those decisions, not me.”
That quote was pre-Ole Miss’ last victory. The Rebels, while on the bubble, seem to be headed in the right direction to make the tourney. Here is to hoping that we all get to see Marshall Henderson, and his antics, making their way through the end of the month.
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