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Report: Rival Coaches Using Parkinson’s Diagnosis Against A&M’s Kennedy

billy-kennedy-texas-am-solemnOver the weekend, Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill had to leave his team’s game after suffering his fourth in-game epileptic seizure in 22 games as the Golden Gophers’ coach.  My first thought: I bet coaches use that against him in recruiting.

Ironically, today Gary Parrish of reports that rival basketball coaches are using Billy Kennedy’s Parkinson’s Disease against him on the recruiting trail.  I think, then, we can guess that football coaches do the same to Kill.

According to Parrish, Texas A&M commitment Alex Robinson told him today that coaches vying for his commitment attempted to use Kennedy’s 2011 diagnosis against him and the Aggie basketball program:


“They actually did (use it).  But I just kinda brushed it off like, ‘Hey, that’s part of recruiting.  (The other coaches were just) trying to get me to their school…

If you talk to Coach Kennedy, you can’t even really tell that he has Parkinson’s Disease.  And I’m not going to let something like that (affect my decision)… because I know, in my heart, that he’s going to be there and that he’s going to be fine.”


Parrish writes that rival coaches on the recruiting trail “have been killing Kennedy” and that he’s “heard about it from several sources.”  When he asked Robinson for names of schools and/or coaches who brought up Kennedy’s illness, the player said, “I don’t want to get into that.”

Too bad other coaches haven’t taken the same approach.

Ask any college coach about negative recruiting and he’ll tell you that he and his staff would never do such a thing.  But there sure is a lot of it going on for nobody to actually be doing it.


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