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Andy Kennedy stepping down as Ole Miss basketball coach

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OXFORD, MS (WLBT) -

Andy Kennedy, the winningest coach in Ole Miss basketball history is leaving Oxford. He will step down at the end of the season. The Rebs are currently 11-14 overall, 4-8 in Southeastern Conference play.

Ole Miss held a press conference Monday afternoon to announce the decision. Kennedy is at peace with leaving the Rebels.

" I've been blessed, truly blessed to have had the opportunity to be a head coach in the Southeastern Conference in my home state for 12 years. That is a true blessing, this I know. I also know that it's time for a new voice, and a new vision for this program moving forward. I have too much respect for this university, I have too much respect for the position of being a head coach in the SEC to allow any speculation about my job status to create a divisive distraction for this program, and for the people that support it. I'm at complete peace with this decision. I truly am."

Kennedy is 245-154 in 12 seasons with the Rebels. He won the SEC Tournament in 2013 and reached the NCAA Tournament in 2013 & 2015. But the struggles this season, a Big Dance drought, and a $90+ million Pavilion may have been too much to overcome. The Rebels are on a five game losing streak for the first time since 2006. They're also winless on the road this season.

Ole Miss hosts Arkansas Tuesday night before traveling to Mississippi State on Saturday.

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