Texas A&M has fired men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy, according to multiple reports.

Kennedy, 55, just finished his eighth season with the Aggies, who went 14-18 overall and 6-12 in the SEC in 2018-19. The 11th-place league finish came on the heels of a 22-win season a year earlier, when the Aggies earned their second NCAA Tournament appearance in Kennedy's tenure in College Station, Texas.

Kennedy also guided the Aggies to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2016, and both times they reached the Sweet 16. In 2016, Texas A&M went 28-9 and split the SEC regular-season title, but only one other time during his tenure did the Aggies finish better than seventh in the league.

Among the potential replacements at Texas A&M, according to sources at ESPN, are Virginia Tech head coach Buzz Williams, Houston's Kelvin Sampson and Texas Tech's Chris Beard.

Reports of Kennedy's impending departure surfaced Wednesday, then Texas A&M beat Vanderbilt that night in the first round of the SEC tournament. The No. 11-seeded Aggies ended their season Thursday with an 80-54 loss to No. 6 seed Mississippi State.

Before the start of the SEC tournament, Kennedy sounded optimistic about the future of his program.

"I think we've done a lot of good things in this program when you look at winning a [league] championship, our guys academically are doing well and our program is in good shape," he told reporters. "We've got a good class coming in, and we've got some solid guys returning who've proven they can win in this league. I feel very confident about where we're at as a program."

Kennedy compiled a 151-116 record at Texas A&M, including three 20-win seasons in a four-year stretch from 2014-15 through 2017-18.

Dealing with health issues during his time in College Station, Texas, Kennedy was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson's disease in 2011.

--Field Level Media

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