It has been confirmed today that Ole Miss Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach Al Pinkins will leave the school to take on a new job at Tennessee. Pinkins will join the coaching staff of Tennessee’s newly hired coach and former Southern Miss coach, Donnie Tynall.
Andy Kennedy informed The Clarion Ledger through text message that he kind of expected this to happen. “Al and Donnie Tyndall are very close, so I knew this would probably happen.” his text message read.
Kennedy also informed the Jackson newspaper that he will be on the road recruiting all week (this recruiting period ends this coming Sunday). Once he returns to Oxford, he will be looking into finding a replacement of Pinkins.
Al Pinkins was hired onto the Ole Miss coaching staff in 2011. He played a pivotal role in developing former Ole Miss stars Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway in their final (and good) years at Ole Miss. He was the guy who coached the big men at his years at Ole Miss.
Andy Kennedy’s recruiting for 2014 is likely over. The program has been successful in picking up a few big commitments in JUCO guard Rod Lawrence and former UT-Martin guard Terence Smith. So, after the completion of this recruiting season Coach K will have plenty of time to find his next “right hand” man (or woman), you never know.
Assistant coaches Bill Armstrong and Sergio Rouco remain on the Kennedy’s coaching staff. Coordinator of basketball operations Dayton Miller also remains on the staff.
The question is – Do you have anyone in mind that Coach K should hire to replace Pinkins? Or does it even matter?
Let us know in the comment section below of what you think of this recent lose for the Rebels, and if you have anyone in mind that you think Andy Kennedy should hire.