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Ole Miss (updated)

Andy Kennedy, who turns 50 on March 13, 2018, was the dean of SEC men's basketball coaches but was not able to complete his twelveth season at Ole Miss in '17-18.  Kennedy was 102-98 (51%) in SEC regular season games.  He joins a select group of coaches with 100 SEC wins since Arkansas joined the SEC and a select group with a +.500 winning percentage.

In 2005-06, Kennedy was an interim coach at Cincinnati after Bob Huggins was fired by their Chancellor.  UC chose to go with Mick Cronin over Kennedy.

Then Ole Miss AD Pete Boone on how he feels about his decision to hire Andy Kennedy 12 years later

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Pete Boone couldn't understand how things could possibly improve. After reaching the NCAA Tournament three of his first four years, which included a Sweet 16 appearance, things had gone south for then-Ole Miss coach Rod Barnes.

Rebels followed an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002 with four consecutive losing seasons. So in 2006, Boone, who was Ole Miss' athletic director from 2002-12, knew he needed to move on. He sought energy, someone with a deep knowledge of Xs and Os who could communicate with younger people.

That search came down to three people.

"I think John Pelphrey, Mick Cronin and Andy. They were all successful in what they’re doing," Boone said. "I happened to go to Cincinnati and watch Andy coach. It might have been an NIT game in his interim year there and I just liked the feeling and vibration, his energy on the court, and his team had overachieved throughout the year and that was probably the deciding factor.”

After failing to lead Ole Miss to an NCAA Tournament appearance in his first six seasons, Kennedy had a team advance past the first game in two of the next three campaigns. His '12-13 team with Marshall Henderson went 27-9 and advanced to the then titled "NCAA Third Round". His Stefan Moody led '14-15 team won a First Four game in Dayton. After coaching in the Tad Smith Coliseum, a mid-60's era arena with leaking and frequent electrical issues, Andy Kennedy got to coach in The Pavillion, the newest SEC basketball arena.

His '17-18 team clearly quit on Kennedy down the stretch and appear to be problem players. Coach Kennedy originally announced his resignation with intention to finish the season. He gave it up with four games to go (4-10) after a loss to State with assistant Tony Madlock appointed as interim. Ole Miss then defeated Missouri in Columbia but have obtained more player ejections than victories down the stretch.

Kennedy has appeared via school sponsored social media as comedic alter-ego "Randy Kennedy" an old-school ABA-type. His dead pan post game interviews on the SEC Network set him up well for a future in broadcasting.  After one game Pat Bradley asked him about his "guards" and Kennedy replied that he is not familiar with "gods". Bradley retorted that that is who he should pray to.  Jimmy Dykes defended Kennedy while Antoine Walker passionately defended the players after Kennedy's last game. Dari looked extremely uncomfortable.

In Dec. 2008 Kennedy and his staff were involved in an incident with a cab driver in downtown Cincinnati. A number of questionable decisions were made by the Coach in the moments and days following his arrest. Kennedy, stuff-faced, was caught on police cam asserting that his arrest would create an "international incident". He and his attorney (also Pete Rose's counselor) sued an eyewitness, a college student working part time as a valet, for defamation of character. His wife through counsel also sued for loss of consortium. Kennedy and his attorneys did not count on one of the leading attorneys in Cincinnati and a former Mayor stepping up to defend the eyewitness and cab driver pro bono. Kennedy dropped the suit against the eyewitness and chose to pay an undisclosed sum of cash. He kept his job.

Kennedy was preceded by Rod Barnes a former All-SEC player at Ole Miss in the late 80s. Barnes coached eight seasons and was 50-78 (39%) which prorates to a 6.25-9.75 per season average. Barnes took Ole Miss to the NCAA-T in three of his first four seasons and the NIT his second season. Barnes took Ole Miss to the Sweet Sixteen in '01 after finishing 1st in the SEC-W. This is the only Sweet Sixteen appearance for Ole Miss.

Barnes had an over-.500 conference record in his first four seasons. His last four seasons he finished tied for 5th in the SEC-W and 4-12 was the typical record.

Rob Evans was coach at Ole Miss for six seasons. He led the Rebels to NCAA-T appearances in his last two seasons of '97 and '98. It was Ole Miss first NCAA-T appearance since winning the SEC-T in 1981 for their first ever NCAA-T trip. Evans also led Ole Miss to a huge win in Rupp Arena over Tubby Smith's National Championship team on Valentine's Day, 1998. It is to-date one of only two wins by the Rebels over UK in Lexington. The first was in 1927. His point guard was current Florida head coach Mike White. Coach Evans was 86-81 overall at Ole Miss and left to take the Arizona State job. He is one of the few SEC coaches able to achieve a lateral or better move from the SEC apart from the couple able to obtain NBA jobs.
 
Ed Murphy coached Ole Miss from '86 to '92 and Murph's last season was the first year of SEC Expansion. He was 76-98 overall at Ole Miss.
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My favorite "job save" was still Dennis Felton winning the SEC tourney 10 years ago. Tornado moved it to Georgia Tech, and Felton's Georgia team had to play two games Saturday. One of the coolest things I have ever seen covering the sport.
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The side of Mark Fox, and coaching changes, the public doesn’t see

Mark Fox dressed up as a member of the UGA spike squad for several football games. (Caitlyn Stroh/file photo)


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This is the business all of them chose. They knew this kind of sudden upheaval was a part of it. And many of them, especially Fox, are well-compensated. That means you should be able to buy some thick skin.

There is another side to all of this, however, which is why many of us have a hard time celebrating when something like this happens. Was Fox a good coach? Debate if you want. Was it time for Georgia to make a change? Most would say yes.

Did Fox represent Georgia with class for nine years? That appears inarguable.

His players graduated. He ran a clean program. His players rarely appeared in the police blotter. He was generally a good ambassador for the program, whether it was schmoozing with boosters, dealing out quotes to media members or doling out advice to former players.

A few years ago, while meaning to direct message, Fox accidentally tweeted the advice he was giving to Jeremy Price, who was dealing with a coach on an overseas team who was giving him trouble. The advice was standard (just put up with it as long as you can and then move on), but it was notable that a former player, whom Fox hadn’t recruited, was seeking his advice.

Were there some players Fox wasn’t on good terms with? Probably. Did he get along with everyone in Athens? Probably not. Fox also sometimes had a tendency to play up things for drama, whether it was injuries to players, the clock fiasco last year at Texas A&M or the FBI investigation into college basketball corruption this year. Not that he’s the first coach to play things up.

Fox also “got” Georgia, as one fan put it on Twitter. He knew the place of basketball here and was never resentful about it. He embraced it. He dressed up as a member of the spike squad for football games. He was in the stands at Wrigley Field last fall when Vince Dooley threw out the first pitch and didn’t advertise it. He just showed up.

Fox may well move on to another job now. He may serve as a TV analyst for a year or two, turn up as an assistant somewhere or take over a mid-major program. A few people have even suggested him as a candidate to be Georgia’s next athletic director. (Someone good with boosters who could help raise money? Check. A coach who would know intimately what Georgia coaches need to be successful? Check.)

We’ll see what future awaits for Fox and his staff. He will surely do just fine. [But it rarely does after getting canned from an SEC job.] It’s too bad it didn’t work out well for him in the end at Georgia. But there were good times, he leaves the program better than he found it and he leaves with his reputation intact.

Not every basketball coach can say that these days.
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Fox and friends contemplate what’s next as UGA basketball tenure ends


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Fox remained at his office all day Saturday as he met with his staff and planned to inform the team of his fate at a meeting in their locker room later in the day. McGarity entered the basketball offices at 3:55 p.m. and left about 15 minutes later to attend the gymnastics meet. He did so without much in the way of commentary.

“I can’t talk about the stuff,” he said when asked whether the Bulldogs would accept the NIT invite that already has been sent their way. The school will have a news conference Sunday.

Out on Tulipwood Lane, in the Crystal Hills subdivision on the southernmost edge of Clarke County, Cindy Fox and their two children, Liv, 15, and Parker, 17, began dealing with the realities of being in the family of a Division I coach. They’d been summoned to a “family meeting” by Fox on Saturday morning and told that nobody was sure what was going to happen next but that this chapter was over.

“We’re OK,” said Cindy, a longtime college athletics administrator before her husband landed the job here.

Foxes will be fine.
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Jason Butt
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Mark Fox said he first became concerned with his job security in March of 2014. From that point forward, it was something he learned to deal with.
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Number of Teams the SEC placed in the Mens NCAA-T from 1992 Tourney to present with seeds in parentheses:

2018 [8]: Tennessee (3), Auburn (4), Kentucky (5), Florida (6), Arkansas (7),
A&M (7), Mizzou (Eight), Bama (9)

2017 [5]: Kentucky (2), Florida (4), South Carolina (7), Arkansas (Eight), Vandy (9)

2016 [3]: A&M (3), Kentucky (4), Vandy (11)

2015 [5]: Kentucky (1-overall), Arkansas (5), LSU (9), Georgia (10), Ole Miss (11)

2014 [3]: Florida (1-overall), Kentucky (Eight), Tennessee (11)

2013 [3]: Florida (3), Mizzou (9), Ole Miss (12)

2012 [4]: UK (1-overall), VU (5), UF (7), Bama (9)

2011 [5]: UF (2), UK (4), VU (5), UT (9), UG (10)

2010 [4]: UK (1), Vandy (4), UT (6), UF (10)

2009 [3]: LSU (Eight), UT (9), MSSt (13)

2008 [6]: UT(2), VU(4), Hogs(Eight), MSt(Eight), UK(11), UGa(14)

2007 [5]: UF(1), UT(5), VU(6), UK (Eight), Hogs (12)

2006 [6]: UT(2), UF(3), LSU(4), Hogs(Eight) ,UK(Eight), Bama(10)

2005 [5]: UK(2), UF(4), Bama (5), LSU (6), MSt (9)

2004 [6]: UK(1-overall), MSt(2), UF(5), VU(6), Bama(Eight), SC(10)

2003 [6]: UK(1), UF(2), MSt(5), LSU(Eight), Bama(10), AU(10)

2002 [6]: Bama(2), UG(3), MSt(3), UK(4), UF(5), OM(9)

2001 [6]: UK(2), OM(3), UF(3), Hogs(7), UG(Eight), UT(Eight)

2000 [6]: LSU(4), UT(4), UF(5), UK(5), AU(7), Hogs(11)
 
1999 [6]: AU(1), UK(3), Hogs(4), UT(4), UF(6), OM(9)

1998 [5]: UK (2), SC (3), OM (4), Hogs (6), Vols (Eight)

1997 [5]: UK (1), SC (2), UGa (3), OM (Eight), VU (10)

1996 [4]: UK (1), State (5), UGa (Eight), Hogs (12)

1995 [5]: UK (1), Hogs (2), State (5), Bama (5), UF (10)

1994 [4]: Hogs (1), UK (3), UF (3), Bama (9)

1993 [4]: UK (1), Vandy (3), Hogs (4), LSU (11)

1992 [4]: UK (2), Hogs (3), Bama (5), LSU (7)
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Mark Giannotto
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7h7 hours ago

Tubby Smith said he is no longer the Memphis men's basketball coach.
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Oscar Combs
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What a line-up of coaches in SEC where #ItJustMeansMore

Johnson - Bama
White - Florida
Crean - Georgia
Barnes - Tenn
Drew - Vandy
Calipari-UK
Davis - Ole Miss
Howland - MSU
Anderson - Arkansas
Wade - LSU
Kennedy - A&M
Martin - Missouri
Martin - South Carolina
Pearl - Auburn
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Jeff Goodman
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4h4 hours ago

Jeff Goodman Retweeted Kirk Nienaber

Fast Eddie has 4 of the 15 searches thus far. I still expect him to wind up giving Heather Lyke one name for the Pitt opening: Eddie Fogler.
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Dan Kane
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5h5 hours ago

Breaking: N.C. State has released the subpoena in the FBI's investigation into college basketball. Seeks info on Dennis Smith, Mark Gottfried and coaching staff.
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Daggum Roy
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Odom kid.
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SEC's NCAA Tournament performance through the years

1992: UK [E8], AR [32], LS [32], BA [32]

1993: UK [F4], AR [16], VU [16], LS [64]

1994: AR [NC], UF [F4], UK [32], BA [32]

1995: AR [RU], UK [E8], MS [16], BA [32], UF [64]

1996: UK [NC], MS [F4], AR [16], UG [16]

1997: UK [RU], UG [64], OM [64], SC [64], VU [64]

1998: UK [NC], AR [32], OM [64], SC [64], UT [64]

1999: UK [E8], AU [16], UF [16], AR [32], OM [32], UT [32]

2000: UF [RU], LS [16], UT [16], UK [32], AU [32], AR [64]

2001: UK [16], OM [16], UF [32], AR [64], UG [64], UT [64]

2002: UK [16], BA [32], MS [32], UF [64], OM [64], #UG[32-vacated]#

2003: UK [E8], AU [16], UF [32], BA [64], LS [64], MS [64]

2004: BA [E8], VU [16], UK [32], MS [32], UF [64], SC [64]

2005: UK [E8], UF [32], MS [32], BA [64], LS [64]

2006: UF [NC], LS [F4], UK [32], BA [32], UT [32], AR [64]

2007: UF [NC], VU [16], UT [16], UK [32], AR [64]

2008: UT [16], AR [32], MS [32], UG [64], UK [64], VU [64]

2009: LS [32], MS [64], UT [64]

2010: UK [E8], UT [E8], UT [64], VU [64]

2011: UK [F4], UF [E8], UT [64], UG [64], VU [64]

2012: UK [NC], UF [E8], VU [32], BA [64]

2013: UF [E8], OM [64 via FF], MU [64]

2014: UK [RU], UF [F4], UT [16 via FF]

2015: UK [F4], AR [32], OM [64 via FF], UG [64], LS [64]

2016: A&M [16], UK [32], VU [68]

2017: SC [F4], UK [E8], UF [E8], AR [32], VU [64]

2018: UK [16], A&M [16], UT [32], AU [32], UF [32], Ba [32], AR [64], MU [64]
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Mark Giannotto
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Tubby Smith: "People want to be recognized for the job they do and do well. That was important: going someplace where you’re not just tolerated but where you’re wanted and celebrated.”
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http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22956605/ranking-all-national-championship-teams

13. Kentucky Wildcats, 1996 (34-2)

They were called The Untouchables: Tony Delk, Antoine Walker & Co. dropped neutral-site games to John Calipari's UMass squad and to Mississippi State in the SEC tournament title game. Nevertheless Rick Pitino's Wildcats breezed through that year's NCAA bracket, winning six games by an average of 21 points. UK won its rematch against Marcus Camby and the Minutemen in the Final Four, and then defeated John Wallace and Syracuse to win the title.

16. Kentucky Wildcats, 2012 (38-2)

Only a miracle shot by Indiana's Christian Watford and a desultory showing by the Wildcats in the SEC tournament title game against Vanderbilt prevented John Calipari's group from becoming the first team in 36 years to go undefeated. In its six-game march through the bracket, UK won every contest by eight points or more. Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones and Marquis Teague were all first-round picks in the ensuing NBA draft.

20. Kentucky Wildcats, 1978 (30-2)

Jack Givens recorded possibly the finest title-game performance of any player not named Bill Walton, scoring 41 points on 18-of-27 (pre-3-point shot) shooting to give the Wildcats a 94-88 win over Duke. Joe B. Hall's balanced rotation also featured Rick Robey, Kyle Macy, James Lee and Mike Phillips.

25. Arkansas Razorbacks, 1994 (31-3)

Nolan Richardson called his style "40 minutes of hell," and for opponents the Razorbacks' pressing defense was aptly named. Corliss Williamson shot 63 percent on his 2s and led an Arkansas attack that turned back the likes of Georgetown, Michigan and Arizona all by eight points or more before defeating Grant Hill and Duke 76-72 in the final. Bill Clinton cheered on his home-state team from the stands in Charlotte, North Carolina, marking the first time a sitting president attended a Final Four.

31. Florida Gators, 2007 (35-5)

With all five starters returning from a national championship team, big things were expected of Billy Donovan's Gators. Big things had to wait: Florida lost two of its first nine games, reeled off 17 wins in a row and then, rather remarkably, recorded a 1-3 stretch in late February. Maybe Corey Brewer, Al Horford and Joakim Noah just needed to make things interesting. Florida turned back Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Ohio State in the title game to win what will remain until at least 2019 the sport's last back-to-back titles.

43. Kentucky Wildcats, 1998 (35-4)

It took six years, but the Wildcats extracted payback for the Laettner miracle of 1992. In an Elite Eight game that Duke led comfortably in the second half, Wayne Turner proceeded to slice the Blue Devils' defense to ribbons. Steve Wojciechowski and his teammates couldn't stay in front of Turner, and Tubby Smith's team went on to defeat Rick Majerus and Utah in the title game, 78-69.

45. Kentucky Wildcats, 1951 (32-2)

Other than a 76-74 squeaker against Illinois in the national semifinal, Adolph Rupp's team was never seriously challenged on the road to a third national title for UK. On a Wildcats team that also included sophomore Cliff Hagan, MOP honors went to Bill Spivey.

53. Florida Gators, 2006 (33-6)

Going into the 2006 tournament all eyes were on Duke, Connecticut and a bracket that had been drawn up accordingly. But after the Blue Devils lost to LSU in the Sweet 16 and the Huskies were edged by George Mason in one of the best regional finals ever played, the path was clear for Donovan and his young Gators. Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Corey Brewer ended the Patriots' Cinderella run, and then beat UCLA 73-57 for the first of what would be back-to-back titles for coach Billy Donovan.

62. Kentucky Wildcats, 1949 (32-2)

The Wildcats rode both the scoring and the defense of center Alex Groza, who recorded almost twice as many points as second-leading-scorer Ralph Beard. After watching UK ring up a total of 161 points in wins over Villanova and Illinois, Oklahoma State attempted to slow things down in the title game. The result was a 46-36 victory for Rupp's team.

65. Kentucky Wildcats, 1958 (23-6)

Led by Vernon Hatton and Johnny Cox and dubbed the "Fiddlin' Five" for reasons that apparently satisfied Rupp ("We've got fiddlers, that's all. ... We don't have any violinists."), UK beat Elgin Baylor and Seattle 84-72 to bring a fourth championship back to Lexington.

70. Kentucky Wildcats, 1948 (36-3)

As he would be again in 1949, Groza was UK's leading scorer in the paint. But in winning the first of what would be back-to-back titles he had help on offense from guard Ralph Beard. The Wildcats won by comfortable margins against Columbia, Holy Cross and Baylor to claim the program's first national championship.

[Countdown loses historical credibility having '48 Kentucky ranked after '58 Kentucky.]

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22 years ago today, Rick Pitino won his only national championship.
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ONLY two remain from the OP's list- Mike A and Cal. The Deans of the SEC.
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