College basketball coaching changes: Texas A&M fires coach Billy Kennedy after eight seasons
Texas A&M has fired men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy.
Kennedy is out after eight seasons and two NCAA Tournament appearances. The 55-year-old coach won 151 games while at A&M. Sources told CBS Sports that A&M has been targeting Buzz Williams to be Kennedy’s successor. The Virginia Tech coach is in his fifth season with the Hokies and will be taking that program to the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season — which has never been done before in school history.
Buying out Kennedy and his staff will cost A&M close to $5 million.
Kennedy’s firing is the biggest job opening on Friday and the second-biggest in the sport; UCLA remains vacant.
The Kennedy news from Friday remains the biggest recent job to open, but things got going early on Saturday when Tulane parted ways with Mike Dunleavy. That’s a tough job in the American Athletic Conference, but it’s likely to land a good former sitting head coach.
Elsewhere on Friday, UNLV let Marvin Menzies go after three seasons at UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels job is still an appealing one in the Pacific Time Zone but has lost a lot of luster over the years. Rick Pitino is a name that will be connected to that opening, but it’s too early to tell what candidates will have the inside track.
We are now at 22 job openings/changes in college basketball. Here’s where things stand as of Saturday.