When Texas A&M takes the court in Nashville for the opening night of the 2019 SEC Tournament, there’s a chance that will be the final time Billy Kennedy has an opportunity to coach the Aggies.
Texas A&M went 13-17 this season, with a 6-12 SEC record, which earned the Aggies the No. 11 seed in the 2019 SEC Tournament. The Aggies first game in the tournament will be against No. 14 Vanderbilt and if Texas A&M somehow finds a way to lose that one, it will represent the final defeat the program suffers under Kennedy.
That’s according to Brent Zwerneman of the Houston Chronicle who is reporting that Kennedy is out in College Station.
“It’s not a story I wanted to write but the bottom line is Billy Kennedy has missed the NCAA Tournament in six of his eight seasons at A&M,” Zwerneman explained during a recent appearance on the “Paul Finebaum Show” on Tuesday. “He inherited a program that had gone to six straight NCAA Tournaments under Billy Gillespie and Mark Turgeon so the Aggies had gotten used to that being something, this time of the year, to look forward to.”
With attendance dwindling and the school failing to bring in much revenue in a sport designed to do so, the final decision on Kennedy’s status has already been made heading into the league tournament.
“Billy Kennedy will not be back for a ninth season with the Aggies,” Zwerneman added.
In addition to breaking this story, Zwerneman indicated Virginia Tech’s Buzz Williams would be Texas A&M’s top candidate to replace Kennedy next season.
During his eight seasons in College Station, Kennedy has led Texas A&M to a 150-115 record. His program won the SEC regular-season championship in 2015-16 but has never won the conference tournament.