Texas A&M announced tonight that its men's basketball coach, Billy Kennedy, is taking a leave of absence from the team. ESPN reports he's been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.
Kennedy said he had been experiencing neck and shoulder pain for several months, affecting his ability to sleep and leading to exhaustion. He took a leave of absence earlier this month to restore his strength and determine the cause of the problem.Kennedy becomes the second major-college basketball coach to be diagnosed with a debilitating disease in two months. In August, the women's basketball coach at Tennessee, Pat Summitt, announced she was fighting early onset dementia.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram notes that Kennedy's illness comes just five months after he left Murray State to become Texas A&M's coach.
In case you are wondering as to why I offered the reaction I did at the beginning of this post, no, I don't know Coach Kennedy. But it saddens whenever medical situations prevent coaches, players or the common man or woman from doing what they love to do.
I wish Mr. Kennedy well. I trust you do, as well.