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.”