Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy watches in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Mississippi State won 80-54.

Texas A&M men’s basketball coach Billy Kennedy went to the Southeastern Conference tournament with no knowledge about his job status after a report that he wouldn’t be back.

“I wish I knew,” Kennedy said after Thursday’s 80-54 loss to Mississippi State which probably was his last game at A&M. “I don't know anything. I haven’t talked to any of my administrators about it. Coming into this game, when you hear something as you’re walking in a gym, you hear it off the Internet, it’s not the way you want to hear something like that, going into a tournament and trying to play for a championship, trying to win games in the SEC. It’s an unfortunate situation.”

Kennedy was asked if it was a distraction.

“I didn’t want it to be about me, so we tried to focus on beating Vandy first,” Kennedy said. “Made it all about the game, beating Vandy, representing Texas A&M in the best way possible.

“Like I said, it’s hard enough to win games, win championships, win at this level with any adversity. I’m sure that didn’t help. But that’s not why we got beat. Mississippi State was really good tonight.”

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Shameful and classless firing. Echoes of Sherman’s termination.

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