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Texas A&M, Billy Kennedy agree to new five-year contract

Texas A&M has agreed to a new five-year contract with head coach Billy Kennedy.
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Texas A&M has agreed to a new five-year contract with head coach Billy Kennedy, the school announced Saturday.

Athletic director Scott Woodward announced the deal at the SEC tournament, prior to the top-seeded Aggies’ semifinal against the LSU Tigers. Kennedy was recently named the 2016 SEC Coach of the Year after leading the team to its second-best regular season win total in program history.

Texas A&M is 25–7 entering Saturday and was the regular season conference co-champion with Kentucky. The team is 96–68 in five seasons under Kennedy, who holds a career record of 307–247 as a head coach. He arrived at the school from Murray State after the 2010-2011 season.

“This new contract and commitment is well-deserved and well-earned by Billy, who is a great ambassador for Texas A&M and who embodies our values,” said Woodward. “He has led our team to Texas A&M's first conference championship in 30 years, with an NCAA Tournament invitation likely to come on Sunday. Our program is also achieving success in the classroom and in the community. We hope that Billy is leading our program for a long time to come.”

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“I am extremely appreciative of the support and confidence that Texas A&M has demonstrated to me and to our staff,” Kennedy said. “This has been a team effort, and I am blessed to be coaching such a fine group of young men at an outstanding university. We still have a lot of work left to do this season, and I look forward to leading the Aggies for many years.”