Billy Kennedy’s time in College Station has come to an end.
Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott Woodward issued the following statement announcing the news.
“Billy’s tenure included some great memories and remarkable achievements,” Woodward said. “He represented our program and Texas A&M University with distinction. Without question, Billy Kennedy is a first-class person. On behalf of Aggies everywhere, my thanks to Billy and his family for his service to Texas A&M. I wish him the very best.”
Texas A&M went 14-19 this season, which was Kennedy’s eighth season on the bench in College Station. The coach had an inconsistent record with the Aggies, missing the NCAA Tournament in six of his eight seasons yet he led the team to the Sweet 16 in each of the two years he did make the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies also won the league’s regular-season title under his watch in 2015-16.
However, an 11th-place SEC record with dwindling attendance numbers eight years into his program at College Station was enough for the powers at be to make a chance at Texas A&M.
Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle was the first to report that Kennedy would be fired leading up to the team’s appearance in the 2019 SEC Tournament. The Aggies beat Vanderbilt on the opening night of the tournament but were blown out by Mississippi State 80-54 on Thursday night.
Kennedy finished his career at Texas A&M with a 151-116 record. Kennedy has issued the following statement following the news:
“My family and I are grateful for the chance we’ve had to be Aggies. We have forever been impacted by the amazing Aggie family we have been allowed to embrace. The memories we have made are only possible because of the players, coaches, staff and administration that have been on this journey with us. I am especially grateful to Bill Byrne for making the first call, to Eric Hyman for staying the course, and to Scott Woodward for continuing to believe. I am grateful that God called me to Aggieland and blessed me with the opportunity to enjoy great moments in Aggie history while here. This is a special place and it has been a blessing to represent this university.”
The first choice to replace Kennedy, according to Zwerneman, is Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams. Williams is a Texas native and has spent time as an assistant in College Station.