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With Andy Kennedy leaving, whom should the Rebels go after?

Andy Kennedy's Ole Miss tenure will end after this, his 12th season in Oxford. He'll depart as the all-time winningest coach in school history and will leave with a pair of NCAA tournament appearances on his résumé with the Rebels.

Kennedy & Co. were struggling this season, with an 11-15 record and a 4-9 mark in SEC play, but what's unclear is what the administration expects for the program. Two NCAA appearances in a dozen years at a place such as Ole Miss is solid, but there's also nothing wrong with striving for more.

Whoever takes over will have to find a way to infuse more talent into the program -- which isn't easy. The Rebels will lose senior guards Deandre Burnett and Markel Crawford but will bring back starters Terence Davis, Bruce Stevens and Breein Tyree as well as talented freshman Devontae Shuler.

But the question remains: Who can make Ole Miss more relevant than Kennedy did over the past decade-plus? Rod Barnes had it rolling for a few years in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but he was unable to sustain it.