COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Billy Kennedy is no longer the head men's basketball coach at Texas A&M.

Earlier this week, the Houston Chronicle reported that Kennedy would not return as the Aggies head coach following the season, and ESPN's Jimmy Dykes confirmed that report Friday afternoon.

Here is the official statement from A&M Athletic Director Scott Woodard: "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."  

Statement from Billy Kennedy:

“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.”

Kennedy led the Aggies to a 14-18 record in 2018-2019, but finishes his eight year career in College Station with 151 wins and two trips to the Sweet 16. the Aggies failed to reach the Big Dance in his other six seasons as head coach.

The frontrunner to replace Kennedy is believed to be Texas native and current Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams.