Coming off a standout stint as a member of the SEC Network studio team at the 2018 SEC men’s basketball tournament, SEC Network has signed an agreement with former Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy (pictured) to appear as an analyst for college basketball coverage across SEC Network and ESPN for the 2018-19 season.
Kennedy will make his official debut Wednesday, Oct. 17 on SEC Network’s coverage from 2018 SEC Basketball Media Days, live from Birmingham beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
“Having been a part of college basketball for over 28 years as both a player and a coach, including the last 12 seasons as a head coach in the SEC, I’m very excited to join the team at the SEC Network,” Kennedy said. “Coming off an unprecedented season with eight SEC teams earning NCAA Tournament bids, this league has never been better.”
Kennedy served as a studio analyst for the evening editions of SEC Now at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament last March, providing unique insight and analysis on the action having faced every team in the tourney. Despite quipping during one of his final press conferences at Ole Miss that he “has a face for radio,” Kennedy was a fan favorite during SEC Network’s coverage from the Gateway City, showcasing a close rapport with coaches, players and analysts alike.
The 2007 SEC Coach of the Year, Kennedy spent 12 seasons at the helm in Oxford and is the all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history. He stands 18th in SEC history with 245 wins, holds 11 postseason victories during his time at Mississippi, and his 2013 team won the conference's basketball tournament. Prior to his tenure with the Rebs, Kennedy was the head coach and an assistant at Cincinnati for five years (2001-06). He was also an assistant at his alma mater, UAB, and South Alabama.