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Texas A&M Head Basketball Coach Billy Kennedy Taking Medical Leave

I'm hoping this sounds worse than it is. Newly hired Texas A&M head basketball coach Billy Kennedy is having to take some time off for medical reasons. Assistant head coach Glynn Cyprien will take over in his absence.

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Kennedy is in his first year with the Aggies after former head coach Mark Turgeon took a job with the University of Maryland last spring. Turgeon led A&M to its most successful five-year period in school history, making the NCAA tournament the past four years. 

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Kennedy came to A&M from Murray State, where he coached for five years. The university announced the move in a press release Friday afternoon and said Kennedy would be taking time off to undergo tests and to be evaluated by a physician. They did not indicate how long the absence would be for, but from Kennedy's quotes, it sounded like he intends it to be short-lived.

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In the meantime, Cyprien will get his first chance to be the head coach for a team. His only previous experience came in 1987 when he was the head coach to the Lousiana Junior Olympic Team. He's highly regarded as a recruiter, which should keep the Aggie recruiting class soothed until we know more about Kennedy's status.

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