Mississippi sports news

sec-ole-miss-2013OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi has agreed to a contract extension with men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy that will keep him at the school until 2019. The four-year deal, which was announced by the school yesterday, is the longest allowed by state law.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – LSU’s wait for left-handed pitcher Jake Latz to make his debut will continue at least until next season. Tigers coach Paul Mainieri says the freshman pitcher, who’s been sidelined since preseason by an injury in his throwing elbow, won’t recover in time to pitch this season.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – La’el Collins’ agent says his client isn’t meeting with NFL teams about his pro football future at this time. Collins, who is represented by Deryk Gilmore, is an undrafted free agent because NFL teams decided against selecting the former All-Southeastern Conference offensive tackle from LSU in last week’s draft.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Richard Petty Motorsports has hired Kevin “Bono” Manion to crew chief Sam Hornish Jr. beginning this weekend at Kansas Speedway. Manion replaces Drew Blickensderfer, who has been offered another position in the organization. Manion was the crew chief for Jamie McMurray in 2010 when the duo won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400.