Andy Kennedy and West Virginia University are reportedly in talks to make him the next head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers.
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia — Although Andy Kennedy seemed to indicate two nights ago on social media that he would not take the job as the head coach of the Mountaineers, it seems that he is very much back in play as the leading candidate to replace his friend Bob Huggins.
Kennedy, 55, said the following on social media early Wednesday morning: “Don’t be a sheep. Fake news. Just blaze.”
However, according to sources, Kennedy’s people and West Virginia have remained in contact and there is mutual interest. The only hold up is the length of the contract. Kennedy wants a four or five year deal and West Virginia would like to keep it to 2 or 3.
Kennedy checks a lot of boxes for the Mountaineers. Not only is he is a Bob Huggins’ protege, he has a ton of experience, has been very successful as a head coach and is the head coach most likely to keep the current West Virginia roster together. West Virginia players apparently want him as their head coach and not only will they not lose anymore players to the portal if he becomes the coach, the three players that have already entered the portal – Tre Mitchell, Kerr Kriisa and Joe Toussaint – will re-consider their decision and potentially return to play for West Virginia.
In addition, Kennedy has the support of the boosters and major donors, who were not as receptive to candidates like John Beilein and others replacing Huggins. With all things considered, Andy Kennedy might just be the right man for the job.
Our sources tell us that we should hear something either tonight or tomorrow and that a decision is very close to happening. Stay tuned to The Voice of Morgantown for more updates on this developing story.
Andy Kennedy posted this message 2 nights ago and yet, he's still somehow the favorite to land the job.
He checks a lot of boxes for the program:
Experienced, can keep the roster together and bring back the players who entered the portal, he's a Bob Huggins' protege and he has… pic.twitter.com/B5LsWlOCJQ
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