Randy Kennedy is the alter ego of Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. The radical version of Kennedy returned to dance the Whip/Nae Nae in a new season ticket ad for the Rebels.
Released on Wednesday, the video features multiple Randy Kennedy’s dancing to the recent before cutting to highlights of Ole Miss on the floor.
Ole Miss is doing plenty to promote its men’s basketball program this week. The school also released news on Monday that its new scoreboard will feature the largest center-hung video display board in college sports when it’s unveiled in January.
If Ole Miss wants to put this video of Kennedy dancing on that giant video board, I support that decision.
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy has received a four-year contract extension, the school announced on Tuesday evening.
The base salary for the deal, which is the longest allowed by state law, is $1.925 million annually. Kennedy is coming off his second trip to the NCAA tournament in the last three seasons.
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to be the head basketball coach at Ole Miss,” Kennedy said in a statement. “As a native Mississippian, it is an honor to continue in my role as a head coach at Mississippi’s flagship university. I want to publicly thank Dr. Dan Jones and Ross for their unwavering support in our mission to continue to build Rebel Basketball into a program of national relevance.”
Kennedy is one of just 10 coaches to coach at least ten seasons of Division I basketball without a losing record, a list that includes Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Mark Few and Bo Ryan. He’s been with the Rebels for the last nine years.
“The future of Ole Miss Basketball could not be stronger,” athletic director 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.”
Ole Miss suspended senior forward Aaron Jones three games on Friday night, according to Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger.
The suspension included Friday night’s 97-58 exhibition win over Division II Delta State (Mississippi). The 6-foot-9 forward will also be sidelined for the season opener next Friday at home against Charleston Southern and a road contest against Troy. Jones will make his season debut on against Southern on Nov. 20.
Jones averaged 6.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game during his junior season. He was the top rebounder for the Rebels and finished fourth in the SEC in blocks per game. Despite missing two of the top rebounders from a season ago — Demarco Cox transferred to Georgia Tech — to start the year, Ole Miss should be able to hold its own on the glass.
Andy Kennedy returns Sebastian Saiz, the 6-foot-9 sophomore who averaged 5.1 points and 5.6 boards per game in his first season. In April, Ole Miss added Tennessee State graduate transfer M.J. Rhett, who nearly averaged a double-double in the Ohio Valley Conference last season.
Ole Miss finished 19-14 (9-9 SEC) in 2014-15.