On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy would not be retained once the team’s season concluded at the SEC Tournament.
Just one day after putting together an opening-round victory over Vanderbilt, the Aggies were sent home with an 80-54 loss to Mississippi State.
After the blowout loss, Kennedy told the media that he had no clue what his future held as A&M’s head basketball coach. He acknowledged the report of his eventual termination, but said he really wished he could have been able to focus on winning games in the tournament instead of worrying about rumors.
“I wish I knew (what was going to happen),” Kennedy said. “I don’t know anything. I haven’t talked to any of my administrators about it. Coming into this game, when you hear something as you’re walking in a gym, you hear it off the Internet, it’s not the way you want to hear something like that, going into a tournament and trying to play for a championship, trying to win games in the SEC.”
Kennedy said that while it was a major distraction, it wasn’t an excuse for the loss and he gave credit to Mississippi State for being the better team.
“I didn’t want it to be about me, so we tried to focus on beating Vandy first,” said Kennedy. “Made it all about the game, beating Vandy, representing Texas A&M in the best way possible. Like I said, it’s hard enough to win games, win championships, win at this level with any adversity. I’m sure that didn’t help. But that’s not why we got beat. Mississippi State was really good tonight.”
Kennedy, 55, was the head coach at Murray State from 2006-11 before taking the Texas A&M job. In eight seasons, the Aggie coach has led the team to an overall record of 150-115 and two appearances in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Now, it’s a waiting game to see if (and when) the school decides to officially make the move.