Former Murray State men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy has been diagnoses with an early stage of Parkinson’s disease, according to Texas A&M University.
In a statement, the full text of which is below, Kennedy has said that doctors are “encouraged, and telling me I will be able to come back soon.”
Kennedy left Murray State after 5 years following the 2010-11 season to take over the reigns at Texas A&M. Kennedy has not been with the team over the past few weeks.
Billy Kennedy released a statement:
“As some of you know, I have been experiencing neck and shoulder pain for several months. While not debilitating, the pain has affected my ability to sleep with any duration or regularity. As a result of this and my schedule, I had reached a state of exhaustion and was advised by my attending physician to take some time to restore my strength and to further explore the underlying cause of my discomfort.
Through testing, it has been discovered that I am dealing with an early stage of Parkinson’s disease. At this time, I am heeding the advice of my doctors and addressing the disease and its symptoms. We have begun a long-term treatment plan and recovery. My doctors are encouraged and are telling me I will be able to come back soon.
I am very grateful for the outpouring of support and the prayers from friends, family and the Aggie Network. We have a good prognosis, be encouraged, and join with me in eager anticipation for the success that awaits us. My intention is to return to the court as soon as it is prudent. Until my return, I have great confidence in Coach (Glynn) Cyprien and the staff I have assembled to lead this great group of young men and this basketball program.”
You can read statements from the director of athletics at A&M and from a senior on Kennedy’s A&M squad at AggieAthletics.com