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Murray State hires Kennedy as new head coach

MURRAY, Ky. -- Murray State named Miami assistant
Billy Kennedy as its new men's basketball coach on Wednesday.

This is the third head coaching job for Kennedy, who spent eight
seasons at the helm for Southeastern Louisiana and Centenary
before joining Frank Haith's staff this past season.

Kennedy, 42, replaces Mark Cronin, who stepped down last month
to become Cincinnati's new coach. In the third and final season
under Cronin, the Racers went 24-7, winning both the Ohio
Valley Conference regular-season and postseason titles. In its
second NCAA Tournament berth in three years, Murray State lost
to North Carolina in the first round.

"I'm so excited to be here at Murray State," Kennedy said. "For
me, the biggest attraction of all is how the fans and students
of Murray State are basketball-crazy. I'm looking forward to
experiencing it and continuing the great Racer tradition."

Reaching the "Big Dance" is nothing new for Kennedy, who guided
Southeastern Louisiana to a school-record 24-9 campaign and its
first NCAA Tournament appearance in his final season with the
school in 2004-05.

"Billy is a proven recruiter, proven coach, a class act and a
proven winner," athletic director Allen Ward said. "I am
confident he will continue the winning tradition that is
established and expected at Murray State."

In six seasons with the Lions, Kennedy went 80-94 with a pair of
Southland regular-season titles. Before that, he compiled a
24-32 record in two seasons with Centenary.