Frank Martin's Gamecocks beat the Rebels in the Colonial Life Arena last night. I was there in person unfortunately. My first thought was that we need to dump Andy Kennedy. But I'm not sure if that's the best course of action.
Are there any good coaches who would want to coach at Ole Miss right now? Some people have pointed to Martin as evidence that Ole Miss has as good a chance as anyone to make a great hire. These people must not have seen the Colonial Life Arena. Or maybe it's been too long since they've visited the Tad Pad.
All things considered, Kennedy does an OK job. He usually gets us close to the Dance, but the team has never had much depth. Talent has saved many a less-than-spectacular coach (see Les Miles) and the talent Kennedy will be able to bring in once we've got our new basketball facilities might be enough to get us into the Tournament on a regular basis. It would be best for the program to give him the opportunity.
Is it likely that we'll be able to get a better coach before we've built new facilities? If not, why take a chance? Let Kennedy have a couple of years with the new facilities and all the help that will give him recruiting. If he still can't get us to the Tournament, then we can hire a quality coach.
I worry that if we replace Kennedy too soon, we'll only end up with another coach that we'll have to fire later when we have the facilities to coax a good coach into taking the job. As frustrating as his tenure has been, I say we keep Kennedy for the time being.