Texas A&M basketball and its coach, Billy Kennedy, toppled Kennedy, won the SEC regular-season championship and have a chance to play for a national title.
Cutting down the nets is certainly a goal for Kennedy. But more importantly, the 52-year-old is fighting a different, more harrowing battle: Parkinson’s disease.
Diagnosed in 2011, Kennedy has not let the degenerative disorder stop him from doing his job. In fact, he’s missed only one game after learning the devastating news, and two seasons ago, Texas A&M offered him a contract extension that runs through 2018.
In the SportsCenter Featured video below, the longtime coach discusses his personal hardship and what this memorable Aggies campaign means to him.
Texas A&M is heading to the NCAA Tournament behind SEC Coach of the Year, Billy Kennedy, who despite being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease five years ago led the Aggies to their first regular season conference title in 30 years.