A&M starts practice without its coach

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- In what has become an annual event at Texas A&M, Maroon Madness signaled the start of practice in conjunction with Midnight Yell Practice at football's Kyle Field.

Both the men's and women's programs ran through drills on a temporary court Friday night, following the yell practice to roars from the crowd.

The only damper on the crystal clear night was the absence of first-year men's coach Billy Kennedy. He has taken leave from the program while dealing with an undisclosed medical condition, the school announced Friday. Top assistant Glynn Cyprien conducted A&M's first practice earlier Friday in Reed Arena.

"Don't worry, I'll be back soon," Kennedy said in a release from A&M.