While the Southeastern Conference experienced an exciting season of college basketball in 2019, one league team that failed to do its part and add some drama to the action was Billy Kennedy’s Texas A&M squad.
Despite two Sweet Sixteen appearances over the previous three seasons, the Aggies’ poor showing this year may cost Kennedy his job in College Station. After leading Texas A&M to a 13-17 overall record, with a 6-12 league mark, fan apathy appears to be at an all-time high for the program.
Following the regrettable showing during the regular season, No. 11 seed Texas A&M will open play in the 2019 SEC Tournament from Nashville against No. 14 seed Vanderbilt on Wednesday. That means in order to pull off a miracle run in the conference tournament, the Aggies will be forced to win five games in as many nights.
During his recent media availability heading into the SEC Tournament, Kennedy was asked about his uncertain status in College Station.
“I’m thankful for being here, I think we’ve done a lot of good things in this program when you talk about winning a championship (A&M won the regular-season title in 2015-16). Our guys, academically, are doing well and our guys are in good shape,” Kennedy said. “We have a good class coming in, I think we have some solid guys returning that have proven they can win in this league. I feel very confident about where we are at as a program.”
While he may be on point with those thoughts, the majority of fans in College Station have decided to stop showing up for games — which is always of high concern for decision makers. Here is what the coach had to say regarding the program’s low attendance down the stretch of the season.
“Obviously we want to have this place packed, we’ve had it packed before,” Kennedy continued. “It’s been throughout the last three years, even last year when we were fourth in the country when we were playing Buffalo, we would like to have more fans in here but all we can do is focus on putting the best product on the floor. At times we have put a good product on the floor. This year, understand when you aren’t winning games, fans aren’t going to come.
“We’ve got to win games to get people to come.”