There are times in your life when you predict something and you feel like you really proud of yourself for tapping into something spiritual and noticing a trend others hadn't noticed, or maybe you just pulled something completely out of your butt. Either way you fell pretty good about yourself. On the other hand, there are times when your prediction is actually your worst fear realized. Some say that is a self fullfilling proficy, or maybe it's just that you had a sense of something.
Well, the very first blog I wrote here was about Andy Kennedy and his incident in Cincinatti last December. My exact words were that Andy Kennedy was considered a successor to John Calipari should he ever decide to leave the Tigers, but that the incident with it's racial impilcations could cause that to be in jeopardy. LIttle did I know that 4 short months later this exact scenario would play itself out. Cal did in fact choose to leave the Tigers, and Andy Kennedy would've been the perfect hire, but he didn't get the job. In fact he didn't even get considered. Several sources have confirmed that the U of M president Shirley Raines removed Kennedy as a candidate due to the Cincinatti incident.
This is a real shame. Andy would've been a great coach for the Tigers and would've loved the job. Many people forget that Andy Kennedy recruited 8 McDonald's All-American's to Cincinnati and Bob Huggins. He is also a native of north Mississippi who has done a magnificent job at Ole Miss. Look, basketball at Ole Miss is only played because it is required by the SEC for membership. I assure you that Ole Miss would drop the program if this where not the case. AK is doing a great job at a place where they play basketball as a side note to give them something to do between football season and baseball season.
Andy Kennedy would've loved the Memphis job, would've taken it, and would've been a long term solution that would have taken the Memphis team and continued a winning tradition. His incident cost hima nd us a lot. The really sad part is that by most accounts it was a huge misunderstanding that was vastly overblown and is probably devoid of merit.
I am not saying Josh Pastner will not do a good job. I think he will, but I know AK would've. There is a difference between thinking and knowing. The good thing is that if it doesn't work out with Pastner, AK's Cicny stuff should be past him by then. He is one hell of a plan B.