Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

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Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

Post by Racer Insider Will » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:17 am

It's hard to believe this was nine years ago. Billy's little girl isn't so little anymore LOL. She's probably about ready for college. As we honor the 2010 Racer basketball team today and tomorrow, I look forward to seeing some old friends. I hold Billy in very high regard. http://murraysports.net/0802192.htm
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Re: Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

Post by smidge34 » Fri Aug 02, 2019 10:21 am

I do too Will. He took a program that had basically been left decimated by the prior regime and nurtured it back to health the right way. We are still reaping the benefits. Imho this is as much his program as anybody’s.
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Re: Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

Post by HoptownRacer » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:10 pm

I completely agree. Lindy messaged me on here the night before Billy was hired because I was concerned that the Bama assistant who used to be an assistant at Murray (Pearson?) was going to get the job and Lindy talked me off the ledge and told me Billy got it. You can make a case that Coach Greene and Coach Kennedy turned out to be the most important hires in the modern era of Racer basketball because of what they inherited and the finished product. It could have gotten BAD if the right guy wasn't given the keys.
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Re: Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

Post by runningracer » Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:19 pm

what he did that first year was nothing short of a miracle. There were only three players returning, and one of those was recovering from an injury. He assembled a full team, after a late hire, and had a winning season. A tribute to his ability to evaluate talent, and recruit. He showed his strength of character by refusing to bring in those who could play, but had discipline problems. Instead, he brought in some very talented players, worked to develop them, and took the program to a higher level. A tip of the cap to Mr. Kennedy for the continued success of Murray State.
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Re: Flashback: Billy Kennedy, Respect and Faith

Post by msuowns » Fri Aug 02, 2019 6:37 pm

Nobody in coaching deserves to be financially secure now as Billy is. It’s so difficult for the few, classy people in coaching to be a huge success at every stop. He was a success at A & M, but change is the reality in most high profile leagues.
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