NCAA Men's Basketball

Ole Miss' Kennedy opts to part ways now

Mississippi head coach Andy Kennedy speaks at a press conference at the Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. Kennedy, in his 12th season as Mississippi head coach, announced he would not return as coach following this season.(Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle via AP)

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Mississippi basketball coach Andy Kennedy says his resignation is now effective immediately, six days after saying he would depart at the end of the season.

"It has become readily apparent to me that my continued presence as the head coach is proving detrimental to these players finishing the season in a fashion that is representative of The Standard for this program that has been clearly established and maintained for over a decade," Kennedy said Sunday in a university release. "Therefore, I believe that it is in everyone's best interest that I exit my role as head coach effective immediately.

"We all know that "clean breaks" are always best, and I should have realized this last Monday. My apologies."

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