Six days after announcing his tenure at Ole Miss would end, Andy Kennedy decided to speed up the process.
The 12-year Rebel head coach made his resignation immediate on Sunday. His final game came on Saturday night at Mississippi State, a 79-62 loss.
“It has become readily apparent to me that my continued presence as the head coach is proving detrimental to these players finishing the season in a fashion that is representative of The Standard for this program that has been clearly established and maintained for over a decade,” Kennedy said in a statement. “I believe that it is in everyone’s best interest that I exit my role as head coach effective immediately.”
“Andy and I spoke this morning, and I fully support his decision to step away today,” Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork said in a statement. “While we had hoped to relieve some pressure with last week’s announcement, it simply did not work out that way.”
Kennedy said he believed his resignation did take away some of the distractions coming from speculation surrounding his job status. But he didn’t see any improved response from his players. The Rebels are in the middle of a seven-game losing streak.
“We all know that “clean breaks” are always best, and I should have realized this last Monday,” Kennedy said. “My apologies.”
This season stands as Kennedy’s worst during his time in Oxford. The Rebels are 11-16 overall and 4-10 in SEC play with just four regular season games remaining, They will likely finish with a losing record for the first time during Kennedy’s tenure.
Kennedy finishes with a 245-156 record as head coach of Ole Miss. With 11 postseason wins, eight postseason berths, nine 20-win seasons, two NCAA Tournament appearances, two NIT Final Fours, two SEC West titles and an SEC Tournament Championship, the two-time SEC Coach of the Year leaves Ole Miss as the winningest coach in program history.