Texas A&M men’s basketball Billy Kennedy, who is on medical leave after being diagnosed last month with the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, has been a regular visitor to Aggies’ practices in recent days and took part in meetings today, said associate coach Glynn Cyprien.
“He’s doing much, much better,” said Cyprien, adding there is no timetable for Kennedy’s return to full-time duties. A&M opens its regular-season schedule Wednesday in College Station against Liberty and Cyprien is expected to coach the team in that contest.
Cyprien said the team practiced twice on Saturday and Kennedy attended both workouts.
“He’s coming along and it’s a day-by-day process,” Cyprien said. “I think the biggest thing for him is to … spend more time around the team and just gradually come on back and be a part of what we’re trying to do here.”
A&M, a 24-9 team last season, was selected as the Big 12 co-favorite with Kansas in a preseason poll of league coaches.
_ Jimmy Burch