Basketball: Ex-Cal assistant Billy Kennedy diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson’s

Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy — who served four seasons through 1996-97 as an assistant at Cal — has been diagnosed with early-stage Parkinson’s disease.

On the advise of doctors, Kennedy temporarily is leaving the team to undergo treatment, the school said. “We have a good prognosis,” Kennedy said in a statement.

Kennedy, 47, served on the staffs of ex-Cal coaches Todd Bozeman and Ben Braun, and later was head coach at Centenary, Southeastern Louisiana and Murray State.

Texas A&M is a preseason co-favorite in the Big 12 Conference with Kansas.


Jeff Faraudo