COLLEGE STATION, Texas  -- Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy says that he is in the early stages of Parkinson's disease.

"At this time, I am heeding the advice of my doctors and addressing the disease and its symptoms. We have begun a long-term treatment plan and recovery. My doctors are encouraged and are telling me I will be able to come back soon," Kennedy said in a statement.

Associate head coach Glynn Cyprien took over when Kennedy took a leave of absence last month and will continue to be in charge of the team.

"I have great confidence in Coach Cyprien and the staff I have assembled to lead this great group of young men and this basketball program," Kennedy said.

The 47-year-old Kennedy was hired from Murray State in May after Mark Turgeon left to become Maryland's coach.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.