Thursday, May 7, 2015

South Carolina Loses 3 Players; Ole Miss Extends Andy Kennedy

South Carolina has announced the departure of three players from the men's basketball program.

According to an announcement by the school; Demetrius Henry, Shamiek Sheppard and Reggie Theus are all transferring.

Henry, a 6-foot-9 forward, will be the biggest loss as he started 48 games in 2 seasons for the Gamecocks.

Sheppard and Theus played sparingly during their time in Columbia.

"Following our end-of-year meetings Reggie asked for his release so that he can transfer and be closer to his family," Martin said. "Reggie is a fine young man who has represented our team and program in the best way possible ever since he stepped on campus, and we want to thank him and his family for their contributions to our team.  Demetrius and Shamiek have also asked for their release and will not be with our team next season. We wish them the best moving forward and appreciate all that they and their families contributed to our program."

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In other SEC basketball news, Ole Miss has announced a 4-year contract extension for head coach Andy Kennedy.

Here is a release from the school:

OXFORD, Miss. -- After guiding Ole Miss to its second NCAA Tournament appearance in three seasons, head coach Andy Kennedy has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2019, Athletics Director Ross Bjork announced Tuesday.

Kennedy's four-year deal is the longest allowed by the state of Mississippi and includes a base salary of $1.925 million that was earned after reaching certain performance incentives for the 2014-15 season. It also includes incentives for SEC regular season and NCAA postseason success and an increase in the investment of assistant coach and basketball support staff salaries.

"The future of Ole Miss Basketball could not be stronger," Bjork said. "Andy Kennedy is the core of that strength and we are pleased to announce his contract has been extended four more years. Coach Kennedy has built his legacy among the top coaches in SEC history, and I look forward to him leading the Rebels into a new era with the opening of the Pavilion at Ole Miss."

"I greatly appreciate the opportunity I've been given to be the head basketball coach at Ole Miss," Kennedy said. "As a native Mississippian, it is an honor to continue in my role as a head coach at Mississippi's flagship university. I want to publicly thank Dr. Dan Jones and Ross for their unwavering support in our mission to continue to build Rebel Basketball into a program of national relevance."

The all-time winningest coach in Ole Miss history, Kennedy is one of only 10 active head coaches who have coached at least 10 seasons without a losing record, a group that includes Mark Few, of Gonzaga, Tom Izzo, of Michigan State, Bo Ryan, of Wisconsin, and Roy Williams, of North Carolina. He has averaged more than 21 wins per season in his nine years at Ole Miss, after the Rebels had posted three 21-plus win seasons in the 96 years before his arrival.

Kennedy guided the Rebels to the 2013 SEC Tournament Championship and tied the school record with 27 wins en route to SEC Coach of the Year honors that season. He boasts the third-most wins in SEC history by a coach in his first nine years in the league at one school with 192, trailing only Kentucky's Joe B. Hall (205) and Florida's Billy Donovan (193).

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With Frank Martin as coach, it's a wonder he has any players left at all. He WILL get fired someday for verbal and physical abuse of his players. He did it at Kansas State and he's doing it at South Carolina. Just watch one of their games if you don't believe me.

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