Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has been fired, sources told ESPN.
Kennedy, 55, has been in charge of the Aggies for eight seasons. He led them to the NCAA tournament twice, in 2016 and 2018, reaching the Sweet 16 on both occasions. A&M split the SEC regular-season title in 2016, but finished better than seventh in the league just one other time during Kennedy’s tenure.
After going 137-98 in his first seven seasons in College Station, Kennedy led the Aggies to a 14-18 record (6-12 in the SEC) this season.
On Tuesday, Kennedy expressed optimism about the direction of the program under his watch.
“I think we’ve done a lot of good things in this program when you look at winning a [league] championship, our guys academically are doing well and our program is in good shape,” Kennedy told reporters before the SEC tournament. “We’ve got a good class coming in, and we’ve got some solid guys returning who’ve proven they can win in this league. I feel very confident about where we’re at as a program.”
Kennedy has dealt with health issues since his arrival in College Station, receiving a diagnosis of early-stage Parkinson’s disease in 2011. He briefly left the team to undergo treatment.
Before taking over at A&M, Kennedy spent 13 seasons as a head coach at Murray State, Southeastern Louisiana and Centenary. He went to two NCAA tournaments. He also spent time as an assistant coach at Miami, California, Creighton, Texas A&M, Tulane, Northwestern State, Wyoming, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana.
Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams is expected to be among the potential replacements, sources told ESPN. Other potential names include Houston’s Kelvin Sampson and Texas Tech’s Chris Beard.