Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy meets former Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who Kennedy calls his coaching mentor, tomorrow night at 8 at Tad Smith Coliseum.
Kennedy was an assistant at UAB when Huggins hired him to be his lead assistant and recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati at 2001.
“Andy just has a great way with people. He meets everybody so well. He was terrific with the players, and I though with recruiting for us, his experience having played for coach (Gene) Bartow, I knew he would do a good job on the floor. There are a lot of guys who have coached this game that don’t have the feel that Andy does,” Huggins said.
Huggins said he was not surprised that Kennedy was not retained at UC in spite of a 21-13 record and a near-NCAA bid while playing through scholarship limitations and injuries.
“I wasn’t surprised, because I knew the inner workings,” Huggins said.
West Virginia is 4-1 after dropping a 54-43 decision to Kentucky in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Ole Miss has won 25 straight non-conference home games, the last loss coming in December of 2006 — Kennedy’s debut season — against Memphis.
More on the Ole Miss-West Virginia game in Wednesday’s print edition.