Ole Miss Extends Contracts for Kennedy, Boone
OXFORD, Miss. -- Ole Miss has extended the contracts of men's basketball head coach Andy Kennedy and athletics director Pete Boone through June 30, 2012. The extensions were approved Thursday by the State College Board.

"I truly appreciate the opportunity I've been given by Chancellor Khayat and Pete Boone to be a part of the Ole Miss family," Kennedy said. "I'm excited about the future of Ole Miss Basketball as we continue in our attempts to move our program forward."

In his two years with the Rebels, Kennedy has turned around the program and directed the team to back-to-back postseason berths, including the 2008 NIT Final Four at New York City's Madison Square Garden. He earned 2007 Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Rebels to an SEC Western Division championship.

Kennedy has guided the team to consecutive 20-win campaigns for a total of 45 victories, which is a school record for an Ole Miss coach in his first two seasons. He is just the fourth coach in SEC men's hoops history to pile up 45 or more wins in two years, joining Eddie Sutton (Kentucky), Tubby Smith (Georgia and Kentucky) and Bruce Pearl (Tennessee). Kennedy already boasts two of the nine 20-win seasons in program history, and his Rebels eclipsed more than 25 school statistical records this past season.

"We are fortunate to have Andy and his family at Ole Miss," Boone said. "The success Andy has had his first two years and his electric personality has created enthusiasm with our fans".

In his second stint at the University of Mississippi, Boone is completing his 10th year as Director of Athletics, a period which has seen the Ole Miss athletics department grow from a $10 million budget in 1995 to over $34 million in 2007-08.

During Boone’s decade at the helm, Ole Miss has experienced continued growth from adding sports to his overseeing in excess of $80 million in athletics improvements with more to come. Current and future projects include the construction of a basketball practice facility and renovations of Oxford-University Stadium and the Palmer/Salloum Tennis Center.

"I am very appreciative of the Chancellor Khayat's continued support," Boone said. "The relationship between the Chancellor of a University and his athletics director is unique. That relationship is the ultimate definition of teamwork. While Ole Miss athletics has made significant progress over the past years, we still have many opportunities."


 

 

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