Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy directs his team against Florida during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, March 11, 2016. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
John Bazemore
March 12, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Texas A&M has agreed to a new five-year contract with coach Billy Kennedy in a deal announced just before the 17th-ranked Aggies played Saturday in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

Athletic director Scott Woodard announced the deal, which must be approved by the Texas A&M Board of Regents.

Woodward says the new deal is well-deserved after Kennedy coached the Aggies to their first conference title in 30 years, with an NCAA Tournament berth likely Sunday.

The Aggies (25-7) split the SEC regular-season title with Kentucky in Kennedy's fifth season. They have a chance at the program's first appearance in a tournament final since 1994, when they were in the Southwest Conference.

Kennedy says he appreciates Texas A&M's support and looks forward to leading the Aggies for many years.

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