Ole Miss falls 77-68 to Louisville

From The Associated Press …

Following the game, (Andy) Kennedy said he’s been told not to talk about what he called the “heinous accusations” for now. He said he regretted that the arrest became the focus of his team’s visit.

“Obviously it took a little bit of the luster off,” Kennedy said. “I was looking forward to being back. It was a tremendous challenge for us against Coach (Rick) Pitino and that Louisville team. I was really looking forward to it, obviously.

“The goings-on in the last 24 hours took a little bit of my focus away from that. For that, I apologized to the team. This really should have been about them.”

Before the game, Pitino spent some time talking with Kennedy.

“I just told him to keep his head up, coach basketball and just stay positive,” Pitino said.

The complaint filed in Municipal Court alleges that Kennedy assaulted Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou and “punched victim with a closed fist while shouting racial slurs.” Kennedy, 40, was arrested at 1:15 a.m., police documents show.

30 Responses to “Ole Miss falls 77-68 to Louisville”

  1. Tyler-for-Heisman Says:

    PA, Is it true that the football team all got new flat-screen TVs as a bowl gift this year? I wonder if I still have any eligibility remaining!

  2. Jeff Jolly Says:

    Just had a thought on the late night incident in Cincinnati….why did the cabbie hire a lawyer less than 24 hours after the so called incident???

    This one fact leads me to believe and support Coach Kennedy.

    I think he told the cabbie who he was….and the cabbie saw a way to make some quick cash.

  3. bigdraws Says:

    Hey, at least they had an eventful trip!!!

  4. jprebel Says:

    Tyler, yes it is true. All 109 players got 36″ Vizio plazma HD TV’s after practice yesterday. There’s an article on the ClarionLedger web site.

  5. farley662 Says:

    Didn’t AK hire a lawyer almost immediately?

  6. BirdZ! Says:

    Yep, Dickie Scruggs.

  7. RoastBeef1 Says:

    Even if AK did nothing wrong, why is he out at 1 o’clock in the morning? Coaches preach responsibility. Time to quit being hypocritical. Big game versus a top 10 team on national television and you decide to go out for drinks in the early hours of the morning? AK is a good coach, but he is setting a horrible example for his players, even if he’s found innocent on these charges. I can’t believe some of you guys are defending him.

  8. Tyler-for-Heisman Says:

    JP, I can’t find the article on the ledger. I know that bowls go all out for their teams, but thats obsurd. It’s a $600 gift! plus you know they’ll get the commemrative watch.

  9. RoastBeef1 Says:

    Last year there were a bunch of school’s getting Wii’s and such when they were high in demand. It’s a nice gift, but it’s not like it really sets the bowls back. Bowls still profit millions of dollars when it’s all said and done.

  10. UMLaw Says:

    Farley of course he hired a lawyer immediately, he has been charged with a crime which requires immediate representation. The cabbie has not been charged and presumably has hired a plaintiff’s lawyer to represent him in a civil action, which means he’s looking to make a buck.

  11. Jeff Jolly Says:

    Yes…AK hired a lawyer almost immediately. But there is a difference….he is the accused….he is the one who was arrested.

    The cabbie was not arrested and was accused of no crime. Why does he need a lawyer?

  12. farley662 Says:

    Here I was under the impression that if you knew you were going to court you needed a lawyer. Even a slimy Ole Miss lawyer would do. You know the type. Pays off judges and such.

  13. RoastBeef1 Says:

    If I got hit by a Division 1 coaching staff, I’d be looking to make a buck too. Who wouldn’t? I don’t know if AK did it or not, but even if he’s found innocent, I’ll still question it. I mean, OJ wasn’t guilty his first go around, but….

  14. UMLaw Says:

    Farley, you’ve got no idea what you’re talking about. If you want to get into a legal debate, I’m game. Otherwise, drop it.

  15. farley662 Says:

    What did I say that was wrong? The man is probably gonna get counter sued. The OM spin machine is already trying to make AK out to be the victim. He is protecting himself. I would assume you would as well. You are a slimy lawyer in the making. Wouldn’t you be looking out for your best interests?

  16. bigdraws Says:

    My avatar is a snapshot taken of me the last time I was told i was being sued.

  17. farley662 Says:

    In all honesty, I think the truth lies in the middle. Now if this was Coach Stans, you all know you would be enjoying this as much as we are. It’s all in good fun. In the words of the cab driver, “Would you like a slushee with that?”

  18. UMLaw Says:

    Farley, the cabbie has nothing to fear from the criminal action, especially if he’s telling the truth. He is the victim and will be a witness for the prosecution. So in essence he’s already represented by the State. But in addition he’s hired a slimy plaintiff’s lawyer (of the Dickie Scruggs variety no doubt) to presumably sue AK for battery. This is a money grab pure and simple.

  19. J. Moore Says:

    Farley, go get a friend. What do you do for a living, besides constantly posting on an Ole Miss blog. I hope you find yourself in the need for a good attorney. It might just snap you out of your ignorance surrounding the profession.

  20. UMLaw Says:

    And if this was Stans y’all would be defending him too, so what’s the problem?

  21. farley662 Says:

    Actually, I wouldn’t be. We tend to be a little more critical of our coaches. Just because he’s the coach doesn’t make him right. You can beat the first time Mullen screws up, State fans will let him hear about it.

  22. farley662 Says:

    bet, not beat

  23. UMLaw Says:

    I was very critical of AK and actually called for head initially. Point is we don’t know what happened but it ticks me off when people start filing suit to make a quick buck. It would be different if the guy was actually hurt but he’s not.

  24. UMLaw Says:

    “His head.” Yeah…err…needed to clear that up.

  25. farley662 Says:

    “I was very critical of AK and actually called for head initially.”


  26. UMLaw Says:

    I knew you were gonna say that

  27. me Says:

    Gary Parish blog, cbssportsline

    Dear Gary: Why was (Ole Miss coach Andy) Kennedy even out after midnight drinking the night before the game? Sounds careless to me.

    — Adam

    I’ve heard similar claims today, and I’ll just say this: The idea that Kennedy and his assistants were out for drinks the night before a road game isn’t surprising, rare or exclusive to the Ole Miss staff. As a person who is on the road for basketball games all the time, I can tell you that it’s pretty common for coaching staffs to hold a team meeting, get every bit of preparation done and then unwind a little bit. At that point, there is nothing else to do, and there are a lot of guys who leave graduate assistants or managers in charge of the team back at the hotel so that they can get a late drink, relax, whatever.

    True story: I was in a bar last March the night before a Sweet Sixteen game, and I was walking out with a coach from a team that was playing the next day, and it must’ve been 2 a.m. Somebody recognized the coach and stopped him.

    “You’re out late,” the person said. “Don’t you have a game tomorrow?”

    The coach’s response: “The scouting report is done, the kids are in bed and it’s not like I have to play tomorrow.”

    Seems reasonable to me.

    So again, there is nothing out of the ordinary about a staff out drinking. Anybody who says otherwise probably just needs to get out a little more. The only crazy thing here is that the night culminated with two coaches getting arrested. And either way, it should make for an interesting television broadcast because a pair of Mississippi schools are competing in the SEC/Big East Invitational, and one of the coaches (Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State) just got out of the hospital while the other (Andy Kennedy of Ole Miss) just got out of jail.

  28. me Says:


    The Ole Miss side of the story
    Posted on: December 18, 2008 3:54 pm
    Edited on: December 18, 2008 4:22 pmScore: 92Log-in to rate:Log-in to rate: Log-in to rate:
    The details of what led to Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy’s arrest early Thursday remain unclear and disputed. But a source who was with Kennedy told CBSSports.com “nobody hit the cab driver” and that he’s certain Kennedy will be cleared of all charges.

    Here’s the Ole Miss side of the story:

    According to the source, the coaching staff had a team meeting, finished film and then went out for dinner and drinks Wednesday night in Cincinnati, where Kennedy used to coach. The party was a mixture of Ole Miss coaches, officials and some of Kennedy’s friends from Cincinnati, and when it was time to go, the five coaches — Kennedy and assistants Michael White, Owen Miller, Torrey Ward and Bill Armstrong — jumped in a cab to take them back to the Marriott across the river in Kentucky.

    Kennedy was in the front seat.

    The four assistants were in the back.

    According to the source, after driving “maybe a tenth of a mile” the cab driver realized there were five people in the car, and he told the coaches that he could not take five passengers. So he stopped, at which point Kennedy and his assistants jumped in another cab, one with a driver willing to take five passengers. At that point, the source said, the first cab driver pulled up beside the second cab driver and started yelling at the second driver “in a foreign language,” and then the second cab driver turned to the coaches and asked if they owed the first cab driver money.

    The coaches said they did not owe anybody anything because the first driver refused to transport them. Then, according to the source, assistant Torrey Ward, who is black, told the driver to stop talking to the other driver and to get them back to their hotel.

    “And then the cab driver turned around and said “Shut the f-ck up, n-gger,” the source said. “That’s when things got heated.”

    According to the source, the coaches and cab driver did exchange words, “but nobody hit the driver.” The source added that Kennedy and his assistants tried to get out of the cab, but that the driver locked the doors and got on his cell phone, “and we think that’s when he called the cops.” Eventually, the source said, the driver unlocked the doors and let the coaches out. They then got in a third cab and traveled about a half-mile before the cops pulled the cab over and approached the car.

    “The cops said, ‘Coach Kennedy, we need you to get out of the car,” the source said. “They told him he was under arrest for assault.”

    According to the source, Armstrong came to the defense of Kennedy, started telling the police “this is bullsh-t” and that Kennedy didn’t do anything wrong. That’s when Armstrong was arrested, and then White, Miller and Ward waited at the police station for Kennedy and Armstrong to be released.

    Also worth noting: There have been reports that Armstrong was kicked out of the Lodge Bar, which preceded the coaches getting in the first cab, but according to the source, that is “100 percent not true.” Alex Moller, the general manager of the Lodge Bar, supports that claim. He told the Clarion Ledger newspaper in Mississippi: “The reports that they were kicked out are untrue. They were here, but they left on good terms. As for what happened after they left the bar, I don’t know. But there was no incident here.”

  29. bigdraws Says:

    A Christmas Carol
    Charles Dickens
    Chapter 1 – Marley’s Ghost


    Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to. Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

    Scrooge knew he was dead? Of course he did. How could it be otherwise? Scrooge and he were partners for I don’t know how many years. Scrooge was his sole executor, his sole administrator, his sole assign, his sole residuary legatee, his sole friend, and sole mourner. And even Scrooge was not so dreadfully cut up by the sad event, but that he was an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral, and solemnised it with an undoubted bargain.

    The mention of Marley’s funeral brings me back to the point I started from. There is no doubt that Marley was dead. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the story I am going to relate. If we were not perfectly convinced that Hamlet’s Father died before the play began, there would be nothing more remarkable in his taking a stroll at night, in an easterly wind, upon his own ramparts, than there would be in any other middle-aged gentleman rashly turning out after dark in a breezy spot — say Saint Paul’s Churchyard for instance — literally to astonish his son’s weak mind.

    Scrooge never painted out Old Marley’s name. There it stood, years afterwards, above the ware-house door: Scrooge and Marley. The firm was known as Scrooge and Marley. Sometimes people new to the business called Scrooge Scrooge, and sometimes Marley, but he answered to both names. It was all the same to him.

    Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge! a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster. The cold within him froze his old features, nipped his pointed nose, shrivelled his cheek, stiffened his gait; made his eyes red, his thin lips blue; and spoke out shrewdly in his grating voice. A frosty rime was on his head, and on his eyebrows, and his wiry chin. He carried his own low temperature always about with him; he iced his office in the dog-days; and didn’t thaw it one degree at Christmas.

    External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, no wintry weather chill him. No wind that blew was bitterer than he, no falling snow was more intent upon its purpose, no pelting rain less open to entreaty. Foul weather didn’t know where to have him. The heaviest rain, and snow, and hail, and sleet, could boast of the advantage over him in only one respect. They often came down handsomely, and Scrooge never did.

    Nobody ever stopped him in the street to say, with gladsome looks, “My dear Scrooge, how are you. When will you come to see me.” No beggars implored him to bestow a trifle, no children asked him what it was o’clock, no man or woman ever once in all his life inquired the way to such and such a place, of Scrooge. Even the blindmen’s dogs appeared to know him; and when they saw him coming on, would tug their owners into doorways and up courts; and then would wag their tails as though they said, “No eye at all is better than an evil eye, dark master! ”

    But what did Scrooge care! It was the very thing he liked. To edge his way along the crowded paths of life, warning all human sympathy to keep its distance, was what the knowing ones call nuts to Scrooge.

    Once upon a time — of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve — old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house. It was cold, bleak, biting weather: foggy withal: and he could hear the people in the court outside, go wheezing up and down, beating their hands upon their breasts, and stamping their feet upon the pavement stones to warm them. The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already: it had not been light all day: and candles were flaring in the windows of the neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air. The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were mere phantoms. To see the dingy cloud come drooping down, obscuring everything, one might have thought that Nature lived hard by, and was brewing on a large scale.

    The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters. Scrooge had a very small fire, but the clerk’s fire was so very much smaller that it looked like one coal. But he couldn’t replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room; and so surely as the clerk came in with the shovel, the master predicted that it would be necessary for them to part. Wherefore the clerk put on his white comforter, and tried to warm himself at the candle; in which effort, not being a man of a strong imagination, he failed.

  30. nwrman Says:

    Does AK travel with family?

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