Failing, the Marshall Henderson way: (1) Shoot jumper, (2) Miss jumper, (3) Lose to Miss. State, (4) Repeatedly punch self in the head.
Last night, the unthinkable happened for Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss. Sitting on the bubble, the Rebels travelled to Starkville to face their in-state rival, Mississippi State. As us Cat fans recently saw, MSU has a terribly undermanned roster and their recent games have been somewhere between horrible and very bad.
However, Ole Miss somehow found a way to go to Mississippi State and lose. It’s a little mind blowing to think of the season trajectory for the 2012-2013 Rebels. They started off the year hot, winning game after game and really surprisings folks. They wound up in the Top 15 at one point, and then Marshall Henderson and his embarrassing antics his the front page. The Cats then knocked Ole Miss and Marshall off their high horse, and as state in the night post, there is a definite love/hate relationship going on with the Rebels. They are (okay…were) one of UK’s better wins, but Ole Miss has fallen so far since then.
Now, after losing to MSU, Ole Miss has about a zero percent of making the NCAA tournament. And Andy Kennedy’s job is clearly in jeopardy. He has gone seven seasons at Ole Miss, and made exactly zero tournament appearances. Huggins protege isn’t fairing (there’s a cab joke to be made there) too well. Check out this article saying that the writing is on the wall for MSU and Kennedy. Here’s a quote from the man himself, with my added comments in bold added:
“That question should be asked to the person that’s in charge of my job,” Kennedy said when asked about his job security. “Not me. I’m the one who coaches this team at Ole Miss…. When I was driving in here last night I saw 25 (miles) to Louisville [Oh, this is all making more sense.]. Well that’s where I was born and raised. I’ve been in this building a hundred times watching Bulldogs and Rebels.
“This is a privilege for me to coach at Ole Miss and to be the head coach in the SEC,” Kennedy added. “I’m the all-time winningest coach in the history of this program [Not sure that’s something to be too proud of…]. I’m very proud of a lot of the things that we’ve done [Oh, nevermind.]. Am I satisfied? Not close. But I work at the leisure of my employer and if he tells me today, ‘Andy, you’re no longer the head coach at Ole Miss,’ I’m going to thank him.
“I understand the frustration of fans. I feel that same frustration. You’re talking about a guy who has blood, sweat and tears in this for seven years. I’ve been dancing on this fence for a long time. All I do, I control what I can control. All of those questions, all of that speculation, should be answered by the person that has the ability to make those decisions. Not by me.”
All in all, I do find it a little satisfying that the ultimate tool Marshall Henderson just lost to one of the worst power conference teams of the year. But it does not help UK that Ole Miss keeps flailing. Right now, the Cats also need all the help they can get when it comes to Selection Sunday.