AUDIO: Gary Parrish talked about Andy Kennedy leaving Ole Miss (2/12/18)

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Tuesday, February 13th

AUDIO: Gary Parrish talked about Andy Kennedy leaving Ole Miss (2/12/18)

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These big college basketball news of the day the big local news of the day indicating. Is. Not going to do a thirteen year as the head coach of the Ole miss rebels he announced it earlier today. He has completed eleven seasons this is twelve. In effect of at the end of this season he will step away. As all misses basketball coach he believe as the winningest men's basketball coach in enormous history as 245. Wins. At the school. And though. When people look back on this. Actually I think what people look back on this they'll see it differently the next scenic. Lake over the past few years now because. You are married to an Ole miss graduate our neighbors are almost graduates were surrounded by almost grad I have a lot of friends who were almost grads Ole miss fans. And I've always told them that like I understand why you want more like I understand like you'd like to be the top 25 team consistently in the NCAA tournament consistently but I also don't think you appreciate that indicated he kept your program respectable. For eleven consecutive years like really this is the first year that the they've ever been bad. Arm and they're still not like embarrassing league bad they're still top ninety Ed can come for con the present context like Memphis is outside of the top 160. So they're still not embarrassingly bad but this is the first George strong on the wrong way on and got away from him a little bit proof of this is that he's never finished worse. Then 79 in the SEC in eleven seasons or worse than sixth in the league and that's despite having one of the conference's most difficult. Jobs that's usually the way. I and try to evaluate whether somebody is doing a a good job at the job that they had for. You know I don't just look at their career record or sweet sixteens or go OK what what should a reasonable. Coach been doing in that job. Is this coach doing that or exceeding that are falling short of that and I think you could reasonably argue that keeping. Ole miss. No worst in the middle of the pack in the SEC. For more than a decade. When it is. Probably. One of the tour or re. Most difficult jobs in the league particularly pre pavilion when you were operating with a home facility. As testament coliseum. I think that's it that's a pretty good job I think you've done a good job there that the numbers when you break a debt are actually pretty remarkable. Yeah I know only made two incredibly tournaments he advanced both arms but entering this season. Kentucky and Florida. And this would blow everybody's mind nobody would guess this. But this is true Kentucky import or. Entering this season. We're the only SEC schools to win more games that'll mess. Since the day Andy Kennedy was hired back in 2006. It goes Kentucky one. Florida to. Only a story. In the I would guess previous six seasons. There were only two SEC schools. That have gone at least 500 in league play without exception in the previous six seasons they've been 500 or better. Every single year only two SEC schools fall under that umbrella. Kentucky. And Ole miss. Since the league expanded back in 20122013. Always has had the third. Best average finish. Of any SEC school it breaks down like this Kentucky's average finish in this five Iran again prior to this season. And dating back to 20122013. When. The league expanded added takes an in Missouri. I Kentucky's average finish at one point four. That rinks obviously personally yeah Florida's average finish is four point oh. That ranks second in the league in all mrs. average finish is four point four. That ranks third in the league in other words in the past five years. If you just looking at average finish in the league. And indicated he is only been not as good as Kentucky. And Florida. But that's pretty remarkable. And yet. It is also what would ultimately un does him because. In this sport and perhaps other sports but I know it's truly listen. For the purposes of your career. You're better off being great sometimes and bad sometimes. Did you are just being good all the time. Like just being good all the time is eventually gonna lead to a day like today. Like if they could have traded in. A couple of those good seasons made them bad and like made a bad. Like where. I say never finished outside of the top six. In the SEC not even know what's in eleven years. Com. If you rate in some of those things that we can you gonna finish next to last and in ten. In those two years but that must take these two Goodyear's animal make them great they compose sweet sixteens your bad overall as a coach. Fans will deal with the bad years if you get from the great to right but when you just stay in the middle consistently. That's when people get bored. That's when people want more. And I night and saying that they're wrong to be bored and want more I don't think it was probably time for a change. I think it he would probably tell you it was time for change which was his motivation for for making this decision to go ahead and just were move that cloud. Do whatever you're gonna do in the rest of this season and then and then get on with the rest of your career with the rest of your life. I am. We have Jamie Dixon a far different level ran into this yet again. Different level it. He he kept them hit good and went instantly turn its consistently but never went to a lead eight final force at some point experience. Got tired of that now that was completely bananas mine but like oh. The point is is similar. Like just being cool it for an extended period of our. Is not. Going to in wealth for you in this profession particularly. Com at the high major level it's why my advice to college coaches has always been. After about six or seven years. Unless your job is too good to leave and maybe didn't. Even steal. Or unless you're hall of Famer. So you've got the credentials that suggestion are going to be in trouble when he constant. Changed jobs. Go get a first start cook it fresh expectations go to for a sprained base it'll reentry and it'll reinvigorate you and your staff but it also just like it. It's kick starts the clock over. The problem of course maybe if he was dapper in a position to do that because he didn't have those great years. The way you should theoretically do it is. Go balance and to a sweet 161 time go bounce into an elite because you got lucky one time and then the bigger jobs come and and that's what propels you to jump. What happened with AD is he never got the big offer. We're here it made sense to leave Ole miss. And the offers that he did get like if you wanted to be the UAB coach who coaches on the mater for years ago he could've done that. The money it makes sense. I mean this does being an accomplished basketball coach in Kim is Smart got. The money to make sense he was always better off financially. As weird as this sounds. He was always better off financially. Just riding the oldest thing out until they had a bye now. Because. To leave all that money on the table to go take the type of job you can actually do it for less money. Like there's not a CPA in the world that would tell you to do that and so he knew that this was the way this was going to ago. Thinking do I don't speak for a but I'm I'm pretty sure he knew he's a Smart guy like he got trapped it'll mess. Can't leave. Because I'm making too much money. But also. If I don't leave my next bad season is going to be the end so here we are. Arm. So there were times when I look at their coaches. Who stayed a little too long. And I say that guy should have known better I'm not sure way he could have done lake bid how and the year before he got fired at UCLA and like got off for big money at Nebraska. Big money yet but I believe DePaul. I don't know that you can actually like pull the trigger on leaving UCLA for Nebraska or DePaul but clearly with the benefit of hindsight probably should have done. Arm now. You know Tom Green at Indiana has had opportunities. Stayed a little too long. I don't know how practical it is to think that you could actually pull the trigger on leaving Indiana for inferior job but. You'll probably would have been Smart to do it I'm not sure if he could have done it. It would have been leaving too much money on the table like bin gore from you steal it Nebraska got a pay raise any loans from almost anywhere would have been a pay cut. And so lets you. Realize. Okay I've been here eleven years going in in my twelfth. I haven't had that breakthrough season to get the bigger job. And I can't just leave her and cut my salary and have. I just got to ride this thing out what you realize that is your reality today is always comic. It would it could have been February 12 2018 as it was. It could have been march 12 2018 it could have been march 12 2019 but we were always gonna get to this day. He had boxed himself in with a contract that would not allow him to. To leave. And then. But he had been at a place for so many years that eventually it was just going to be a change for the sake of change. Situation and that's where we are. And so the obvious question is what does he do next he's still young you still in his forties so I do believe he'll coach again. Obviously he wants a career in television he would be a home run at that and I don't know what is desires are but he would be unbelievable as it analyst. I'm he's a really Smart guy a great speaker. A fall fall guy. But I imagine he will coach again at some point as well. And Elaine good one of those jobs where it all American athletic conference job or. You donate ten job. No Charlotte jobs open. That might make a lot of sense but he'll he'll coach again in the the obvious question is what does Ole miss to now. End. I see a bunch of stuff tossed around on Twitter FaceBook everywhere else the list obviously. For for the saints this isn't my list but for fans start what Michael White could you give Michael White to leave Florida for all messed. He's an omen scratch so that's the connection was on Indy staff want to put a time. And I would say dead while the oh world. Home or your alma mater is is always they are I guess. My experience with coaches is that it's yet there's always a part of them that. Liked the idea of coaching at their alma mater. But they don't typically you leave superior jobs. For the Roma. They don't usually go backwards. In their career. The Jamie Dixon situations a little differ because it was nudging him out it was time to bounce. So you could argue he took inferior job at TCU. Thumb but in reality he got a pay raise and it was time to leak it. So. I'd be shocked at Michael why we missed I just don't think you leave the Florida job for the almost yeah. Column literally nobody on the plane that would do that except maybe somebody who had a I'm a law of of Oxford Mississippi and that might be real. But again I gave him talking to people I can't imagine Michael why would make them move. There is a lot of winter activity I've got people texted me about Penny Hardaway. Being in Mexico to illness. Listen I would never say never on anything but literally nobody who would know that type of thing has mentioned that to me as a realistic possibility. Obviously it didn't only to bring three top Tony our kids to class 2019 I'd certainly listen to that. I think you beautiful not to armed but the question is do I expect any to be the next coach of the Ole miss rebels. I'd be surprised. I think more likely. I am you're looking at two guys who are currently coaching. It in the same state. Who have SEC guys. I won't be Kermit Davis. And one would be Steve Forbes. Current you know it's. And part time assistant at LSU he's been a middle Tennessee for awhile has absolutely been killing it at a middle Tennessee and probably. Should have been an SEC coach already somewhere. He was born and raised in in the state of Mississippi. Not in Oxford as much as startled but still he has ties to the state. He. It's familiar with the SEC. Column he makes a lot of sense. Asked a Steve Forbes who. Obviously is familiar with the SEC was umbrage April staff that at Tennessee. Item is just. Killing at at the ET SU right now went to the NCAA tournament last season lost four. Of his top my school worse. And is still sitting here I believe today at when he won in four. You know getting votes in the top 258 people. The top seventy can come. And you don't want it leaks you never know but probably headed back to the NCAA tournament he'll at least be the favorite to win his conference tournament and so. Ross Bjork and the athletic director Ole miss Ted who is gonna join me tomorrow on the show. It was gonna. Be able to hire an accomplished. Coach you just got to figure out which when he wants but there are some some obvious. Good bits and guys with good resonates. And I don't get to go much further on the listing. Them what I just pointed out.
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