Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy released a statement today announcing that he has been diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson's disease and will be leaving the team to undergo treatment. Kennedy had been away from the team on a leave of absence after experiencing neck and shoulder pain that was affecting his ability to sleep and lead to exhaustion.
"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," Kennedy said.
Kennedy went on to say that he had also received an encouraging prognosis and that he hopes to return to the team as soon as he can. In his absence, associate coach Glynn Cyprien will take over the program.
Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne expressed concern for Kennedy and his family.
"Our foremost concern is for Coach Kennedy and his family," Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said. "I fully expect Billy to have a long and illustrious coaching career here in Aggieland when he is cleared to return to the court. Meanwhile, I have confidence in the staff Billy has hired and in our basketball team. I'm anxious to get the season started and to get Billy back on the basketball court as well."
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