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Texas A&M’s Billy Kennedy discusses decision to part ways with top assistant Glynn Cyprien

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In three seasons at Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy has put together a record of 50 wins and 49 losses, with the program yet to reach the NCAA tournament under his watch. With players such as Alex Caruso, Jamal Jones and Kourtney Roberson all expected back next season, the hope in College Station is that Texas A&M will play its way into a postseason tournament of higher prestige than the CBI.

Texas A&M will attempt to do so with a coaching staff that will look much different than the one that sat on the bench in 2013-14, with Kennedy parting ways with top assistant Glynn Cyprien and John Reese this offseason. Reese’s departure came a couple months after his son, J-Mychal, was dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.

As for Cyprien, Kennedy discussed the matter with Brett Zwenerman of the San Antonio Express-News, noting that the decision was one he made on his own.

“It was in the best interest of our program to make changes that needed to be made,” said Kennedy, who’s yet to make the NCAA or NIT postseasons over three years at A&M. “Sometimes it’s best for both parties to go their different ways. We’ve got to get better and we needed to make some changes to get better as a program.”

Kyle Keller and Mitch Cole, who according to the story went from special assistant to the head coach to an assistant coaching role following the departure of Reese, are the current assistants on Kennedy’s staff.

However while it will be interesting to see who fills the void left by Cyprien, what will be more important for the future of the program is that they improve their standing within the SEC. Texas A&M has won 18 games in consecutive seasons but they’ve got just one postseason berth, this season’s CBI, to show for it.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.