Ole Miss has announced a new contract agreement between the school and its men’s basketball coach, Andy Kennedy.
Kennedy’s new deal is a four-year extension through the 2018-19 season and has a base salary of $1.925 million. Ole Miss has made the NCAAs twice under Kennedy, those showings coming in two of the past three seasons.
“The future of Ole Miss Basketball could not be stronger,” Rebels AD Ross Bjork said. “Andy Kennedy is the core of that strength and we are pleased to announce his contract has been extended four more years. Coach Kennedy has built his legacy among the top coaches in SEC history, and I look forward to him leading the Rebels into a new era with the opening of the Pavilion at Ole Miss.”
Kennedy’s 192 wins make him the winningest coach in school history in men’s hoops. Ole Miss also notes he “is one of only 10 active head coaches who have coached at least 10 seasons without a losing record, a group that includes Mark Few, of Gonzaga, Tom Izzo, of Michigan State, Bo Ryan, of Wisconsin, and Roy Williams, of North Carolina.”
The other crazy stat? Via Ole Miss’ release: “He has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his nine years at Ole Miss, after the Rebels had posted three 21-plus win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.”
That is crazy.
Ole Miss went 21-13 last season. It fell in the Round of 64 to Xavier after beating BYU 94-90 in one of the best games in First Four history.