Less than a week after it was revealed that Andy Kennedy would no longer be the Ole Miss Rebels coach after this season, Kennedy decided to step down immediately on Sunday. The Ole Miss program published a letter written by Kennedy via their Twitter account, in which he discussed the feeling inside the locker room and how it appeared to affect his decision to step down as the Rebels coach.
ANNOUNCEMENT | Andy Kennedy steps down as head coach effective immediately. Tony Madlock will serve as acting head coach for the remainder of the 2017-18 season.— Ole Miss Basketball (@OleMissMBB) February 18, 2018
Kennedy leaves Ole Miss with a 245-156 record, the winningest record in the history of the Rebels program. Tony Madlock will now be the Rebels coach for the remainder of the 2017-18 season, as the release from the Rebels entailed.
This seemed like an expected maneuver, especially so for a team that had been floundering of late. The Rebels, at 11-16 and 4-10 in SEC play, have been mired in a seven-game losing streak and things didn’t get much better following the original announcement that AK would be leaving at the conclusion of the season.
So, the two sides officially parted ways, meaning a new era in Oxford has officially begun.