A little more than a month ago on the calendar, or approximately the Paleolithic era in Twitter time, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was on the hot seat. After his Rebels started the season 17-2, Kennedy’s Ole Miss team endured a 4-6 stretch that raised questions about the future of the coach. But his squad caught fire late, won the SEC Tournament, beat Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament,and ended the year with 27 victories, tied for the most in school history.
Friday, Ole Miss rewarded Kennedy with a raise and an extension. He’ll be paid $1.8 million a year through 2017, making him the league’s seventh-highest paid coach. Ole Miss also raised the salaries for assistant coaches and support staff by 40 percent. Kennedy had two years remaining under his old deal which paid him a base salary of $1.3 million. The Rebels lose seniors Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner but return Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer this past season.