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UAB Coach Andy Kennedy on West Virginia Rumors: ‘Fake News’

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The search for Bob Huggins’ replacement at West Virginia is in full swing, with rumored candidates seemingly coming and going as the days pass.

One of the latest rumored names tied to the job is UAB Head Coach Andy Kennedy, who served as the interim head coach at Cincinnati after Huggins stepped down back in 2005. Kennedy remained with the Bearcats for one more season before leaving for Ole Miss, where he remained until 2018.

Then, he took the job at his alma mater (UAB), taking the Blazers to the NCAA tournament in 2022 and winning 29 games in 2023 as well.


With plenty of experience to be considered for the job, Kennedy makes sense as a candidate. However, it appears that he might be shutting those rumors after being tied to the search all week.

Well, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board. While it’s not clear whether he’s shutting down the rumors of being hired or being tied to the job all together, Kennedy is clearly going to be tough to pull away from his alma mater.

According to WV Sports Now, the Mountaineers’ roster is in favor of Kennedy taking the job, and landing him would likely be the best option for keeping the current roster together.

However, if Kennedy doesn’t take the job, other candidates might include assistants Ron Everhart, Josh Eilert, and DerMarr Johnson, as well as external options including John Beilein (Detroit Pistons), Jerrod Calhoun (Youngstown State), Frank Martin (UMass), and Ben McCollum (Northwest Missouri State).

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