One of the first priorities of new Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward has been working on a new contract for men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy.
Kennedy has two more years on his contract with the Aggies, but Woodward told Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that the team is working on a new deal with the coach.
“I’ve assured coach Kennedy that we want him here and we have strong feelings to keep him here,” Woodward said. “And I think there will be something forthcoming in the near future.”
Kennedy is in his fifth season at Texas A&M after five years at Murray State. The Aggies finished no better than ninth in conference play in his first three seasons, but improved to sixth in the 2014-15 season and are tied for second with four SEC games left to play this season.
No. 21 Texas A&M started the year 17-2 overall with a 7-0 start in the SEC, but lost five out of six games before bouncing back with a pair of wins last week.
Woodward, who was hired as the new AD in January, also commented on the job done by football coach, Kevin Sumlin.
“Very impressive, coming into this tough league, started off like a house of fire,” Woodward said. “It was very, very impressive watching it from a distance. You know, having this thing come back down to Earth — I guess would be a way to describe it — is humbling. I know he wants to do better and great things and get back to where he was. And I feel the same way.”
Woodward previously served as the AD for the University of Washington for eight years before accepting the job in College Station.