Banks granted permission to speak with Texas A&M

From SU Athletics

Head men's basketball coach Roman Banks has received permission to meet with Texas A&M basketball concerning filling a position on the Aggies' coaching staff, Southern University confirmed Friday.

Officials from Texas A&M contacted Southern athletics director William Broussard to request permission to speak with Banks about serving on the Aggies coaching staff under current coach Billy Kennedy.

Banks served as associate head coach under Kennedy during their stint at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond.

"I am honored that Billy Kennedy and Texas A&M would consider me a qualified candidate to serve on the Aggies staff. Despite the outside interest, my focus remains centered on elevating the profile of Southern University men's basketball."

This past season, Banks guided Southern to the program's first regular season SWAC title since 2003 and is credited as the catalyst who helped restored the men's program to prominence after suffering through several losing seasons and NCAA imposed APR penalties.

Banks has been named the SWAC's Coach of the Year in two of his three seasons at Southern.