Towson basketball: Confirmed — Pat Kennedy returning for 7th season

March 16, 2010 | Drew Forrester

With a handful of veteran NCAA coaches getting dismissed on Monday, you’d have to understand if Towson coach Pat Kennedy put his cell phone on silent over the last 24 hours and left it on the kitchen table.

Six years into his tenure at Towson University, Kennedy is still looking for his first .500 campaign with the Tigers and has been the subject of various termination-related rumors over the last 12 months.

Those whispers can now come to an end as has learned that Kennedy will, in fact, return for his 7th season behind the Towson bench in 2010.

“Pat and his staff had an exceptional recruiting effort last winter and they’re excited about seeing those young men get into uniform and help boost our program and so are we,” says Towson Director of Athletics Mike Hermann.  “Pat has another year left on his contract and we are going to fulfill our obligation to him as we said we would from the very beginning.”

The Tigers finished the 2009-2010 with a 6-12 mark in the CAA regular season and then won their conference tournament opener over UNC Wilmington before falling to eventual CAA champion Old Dominion in the quarterfinals.  Ironically, Towson owns a 3-2 record in the conference tournament over the last two seasons after failing to reach .500 in conference play over each of those campaigns.

Towson’s 2010-2011 lineup will feature the return of two guards who made dramatic late-season contributions to the Tigers; juniors (to-be) Troy Franklin and RaShawn Polk, plus the senior season of center Robert Nwankwo.  Additionally, transfer Braxton Dupree (Maryland) figures to team up with senior Jarrel Smith and give the Tigers a strong 1-2 punch in the front court.