Because there’s no better time than Fourth of July week to talk SEC basketball that’s what we did today on the league’s annual summer hoops teleconference.
I didn’t listen to the whole thing, but did hear Andy Kennedy say he’s in no hurry to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff, the two hours a week allowed by the NCAA for coaches to supervise player summer workouts has been extremely helpful, and he’s confident he’ll hit the maximum 13 scholarship number at the appropriate time.
A number of players have moved on to make way for the newcomers. The departed list includes: Derrick Millinghaus, Demarco Cox, Janari Joesaar and Jerron Martin.
“All of our guys are on campus, and this has allowed us to get to know them better, especially the five in-coming guys,” Kennedy said.
Assistants Al Pinkins and Sergio Rouco both left for other opportunities, and in May Kennedy announced the hiring of former Auburn assistant Tony Madlock.
“Tony has been a tremendous addition, a Memphian who played at Memphis, grew up in the area. He’s certainly very familiar with the SEC having been on Tony Barbee’s staff at Auburn for the last four years. He’s brought new focus and new energy, and we’re really pleased to have him as part of our staff,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy is in no hurry to fill his final staff position.
“Our focus has been on this group. The NCAA allows us to be hands on with our guys in the summer. That’s great because it allows us to get to know the new guys, and we’ve seen returns of maturity and growth.”