Word spread around the media today during Bearcats football coach Mark Dantonio media lunch that Coach Andy Kennedy would become the Bearcats next head Men's Basketball coach.

In just a matter of four months, Bearcats assistant coach Andy Kennedy learned he didn't get the head coaching job at Louisiana-Monroe, to becoming the Bearcats head man.

Bearcat Insider has spoken with several sources and learned Thursday morning Coach Kennedy had become the leading candidate to be named interim head coach of the Bearcats Men's basketball program. A news conference has been set for 11:00 a.m. on Friday for the official announcement of Coach Kennedy.

In talking with several sources around the university today, Bearcat Insider learned several former head coaches called the university about the job opening. All of the callers were willing to take over for departed coach Bob Huggins understanding they would only be on the job for one year.

Several rumors have been running around web-sites saying former Xavier and current Wake Forest Head Coach Skip Prosser had been contacted by the University about taking over at UC. These are just rumors that have no merit.

During the news conference on Wednesday, Mr. Bob Goin said he would sit back and look at what would be the right move to make before just jumping and naming a new coach. As of Wednesday night Coach Kennedy had not spoken with any UC officials about the job but it's believe he and Mr. Goin spoke during the early part of Thursday and Kennedy was offered and accepted the position.

Coach Kennedy has been on the Bearcats staff since 2001 and spearheaded much of the programs recruiting until his promotion to associate head coach in 2004.

The former prep Parade All-American first signed with North Carolina State where he played for legendary Wolf Pack Coach Jim Valvano in 1987. Coach Kennedy then moved to UBA where he became the schools number two all-time leading scorer.

Coach Kennedy has coached at South Alabama and UAB before coming to the Bearcats.

Bearcat Insider will be on hand for the press conference to announce Coach Kennedy as the Bearcats next head coach and will file a complete report along with video segments from Coach Kennedy himself.

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