Andy Kennedy booking photo above.
Can it get worse? Always. Rebels trailing 77-68 at 28.3 seconds, but the story is Warren was just carried off the floor by medical staff and Huertas in obvious pain favoring his left knee after hitting the floor.
I see Matt dissing me down there for not giving updates when the Rebels are doing well. Fact is Brad has been using my laptop since he spilled water in his. Rebels down 58-53 10:06 left. Doing it with defense right now. Wouldn’t it be interesting if Kennedy’s darkest day at Ole Miss turned out to be his biggest win.
It’s 33-18 Louisville here. Inability to rebound and grab loose balls is killing the Rebels.
On a side note, Ole Miss football players received gifts from the Cotton Bowl today — 32-inch Vizio HD TVs.
Still no word on the availability of senior guard Maurice Miller. Houston Nutt remains optimistic.
Kennedy walks out with the team this time. Very little reaction. The place is like a Louisville home game. One or two Cincinnati fans yelled “Andy, Andy.” The rest have gone home. Kennedy’s in a pinstripe suits. He appears to be receiving a few words of encouragement for the officials. Maybe they’ll have some sympathy during the game as well.
It’s about 10 minutes to tip here. The Rebels have been on the court warming up for several minutes. No sign of Kennedy, though we were told he would coach the game. Bill Armstrong was with the team in warm-ups, as were the other assistant coaches. Team is going back into the locker room now.
If you’ve got a radio nearby Kennedy will address his arrest in some short capacity in a pre-game interview with David Kellum. There’s about 3 minutes left in State’s game right now, and Cincinnati is leading 70-59.
The wireless service here is weak, and game updates will be few and brief.
At the arena now. Boone seems pretty confident that Kennedy will be cleared when all the facts are known.
There’s been no mention of Armstrong’s future.
Kennedy, Boone statement. Boone expects Kennedy to be cleared of all charges “once all the facts are known.”
Brad obtained copies of the arrest reports. No surprises in them. The arresting officer’s account says Kennedy punched the victim with a closed fist while using racial slurs. There was a third-party unrelated witness.
Bill Armstrong’s report says he was “ejected” from a local bar and was also involved in an altercation with the taxi driver. The report says Armstrong taunted and continued to taunt the taxi driver after Armstrong was arrested. The officer says Armstrong’s conduct was “likely to cause a violent response.”
Still awaiting a university response.
I’m hearing Kennedy will coach tonight, as a player said earlier, and that something will be told about his interpretation of events later.
Just spoke with Pete in the lobby. He had no comment other than to say that an official statement is coming.
Pete was here yesterday and did not come up this morning only after hearing of the incident.
It looked like he was coming from the workout room, which is where I need to be. I missed my walk this morning.
The team has left for the shootaround. There has been an update meeting with the players.
A player I spoke with believes Kennedy will coach tonight.
An official university news release is in the hands of the chancellor and is being reviewed by the university attorney. It could be a couple of hours before it is released.
There has been no change to the days’ schedule relative to the shootaround, meals and meetings.
Kennedy and Armstrong weren’t the only members of the staff to go out last night. A group larger than two left the hotel at about 9:30.
Pete Boone has not returned calls.
I just spoke with Andy Kennedy in the lobby. He has hired an attorney and has been advised not to speak.
“I just can’t. That’s what the attorneys are saying. There will be a time to speak, but today’s not it.”
Kennedy was wearing an Ole Miss warm-up suit and a baseball cap. I guess the meeting is over, but I haven’t seen or heard from Pete or media relations yet.
Brad Locke is here with me. His plans for covering State’s shoot-around have been squashed. He’s gone across the river to try and secure a copy of the arrest report.
Here’s the link to the local story, which reports Bill Armstrong, basketball operations, was with Kennedy.
Armstrong has been walking around the lobby of the hotel talking on a cell phone.
I’ve seen a few other Ole Miss folks … former star Gerald Glass, now a manager while he finishes his degree, and broadcaster David Kellum.