I didn’t cover this event last year, but I’ve been here before when the crowd around Andy Kennedy would thin and the last couple of media around would shoot the breeze.
This time the crowd remained till the end, most firing off Marshall Henderson questions.
Here a few minutes of Kennedy’s time in the main room:
My focus today was also a Henderson question but from a different angle. Has all the talk of Henderson, all the questions about the unresolved status of his suspension length, all that talk … has it taken away from a team that tied a school record with 27 wins, won the SEC tournament championship and finally reached the NCAA tournament?
“That’s a good question,” Kennedy said.
He went on to answer that it has not, and that he’s seen no evidence of discontent from players.
Jarvis Summers had the same answer to that question and fielded some other questions too. He got his share of Henderson questions along the way.
There had been talk of bring the suspended Henderson to this event, but it was an idea that never got out of Oxford.
Summers represented the school and program in a first-class manner. I think he enjoyed attending, but he’s not a natural for this sort of thing.
After the first wave of media moved away from his table — after seven minutes — he thought he was finished and stood to leave. These things go a little longer than seven minutes, and eventually more media drifted to Summers.
When media grew bored with Henderson questions there were enough angles on Kentucky and other topics to fill the slack, but that was a long time in coming
When it did, the topic of Nashville as a permanent host for the SEC tournament came around. It was the best of Kennedy’s one-liners.
“I kind of like Nashville, especially up on that perch on that ladder.”