Kennedy talks Henderson, Auburn

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy comments here from the SEC teleconference on Marshall Henderson’s personality and on Henderson’s actions in front of the Auburn students following the Rebels’ 63-61 win at Auburn Saturday night.

“We’ve had a number of conversations with Marshall. It’s difficult for people who see him in brief periods of time to completely get him, but that passion is coming from a good place. Obviously we want to make sure that it does not affect his focus or the focus of the team. Our guys understand that he is about the team first. They accept him for what he brings to our program, a guy who lives basketball and plays with an edge. He openly says if he didn’t play with that edge he probably wouldn’t be a guy who could lead the SEC in scoring.”

Kennedy says he had conversations about Henderson’s actions in front of the Auburn students after the game.

“I didn’t see it when it occurred, but he did it really right in front of our radio people, so we have boots on the ground so to speak, people to help me determine face from fiction. There’s a lot of folk lore that goes with Marshall. I would have preferred he not do that, but he was caught up in the emotion of a highly charged game, a one-possession game in front of a sellout crowd.”

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Archaeo

    It was on tv as well and I had the “oooooh noooooo he didn’t” reaction when I saw it. An assistant came over and grabbed him up as well. It didn’t bother me that he did it, but I am worried that he may get a foul or suspension over to much of a reaction like that.

  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Auburn students had taunted him the whole game. Don’t dish it out unless you can take it.

  • When the commentators on TV talk about the student section being in his ear the entire game. Talking about how some of the comments even made Henderson smile. You have to allow him to do that to some extent. Like ” The Ghost of Col. Reb” said, don’t dish it out unless you can take it when it backfires.

    Obviously, if the Auburn students got in Henderson’s head, then they were successful, who knows if he could have played better if they were silent and left him alone. Sometimes, basketball can come down to 1 shot or 1 play. Henderson was able to have that play/shot and won the game.

  • What an outlandish act. It was a shamefull exibition of an out of control personality. The SEC commish should step in and administer harsh punishment. I think he should be suspended for the rest of the regular season. Maybe suspended from the NIT tourny as well.
    “Grinder..lookin for meat.”

    • handy010

      And Moo-U should be kicked out of the SEC for being soooooooo bad. Troll

  • mantachie

    Hey Buell hang out on the State blog, you got about the same class as Bottleneck mullinstock,you guys come on here and bash UM, We saw it in football and now basketball, guess you have to with the way State is playing no one to talk to on the State blog, oh yeah how many No 1 prospects visited Starkville this weekend, they may not sign but we did get them on campus, they know where OLe mIss is, can you say that about State

    • handy010

      He cant hang out on the Moo-U blog, he is to ashamed and to bitter. He knows Cousin Eddie is just another lying carpet bagger, Moo-U’s recruiting class sux and there is no hope in sight. So he comes here and spreads his lies to try to make himself feel better.

  • chris

    embarrassing… have some class

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