Billy Kennedy won the press conference

Billy Kennedy had them at "Howdy" and "Gig 'em."

That was how he greeted Texas A&M after slipping on a maroon jacket for his introduction as the coach earlier this week. He also managed to slip in a little nugget to reporters during the news conference, just to make sure everyone knew that he was fit to be an Aggie.

Kennedy was an assistant coach at Texas A&M during the 1990-91 season, and he liked his stint there so much that he named his daughter, Lexie, after the place.

"I've got an older daughter who is 20 years old, and she was born here," Kennedy said Monday. "Her name is Alexandra Marie. A and M."

Kennedy also managed to slip in the school's rally cry during the interview process with athletic director Bill Byrne, according to the Houston Chronicle.

In the interview, Byrne wanted to know about recruiting.

"I want to see us have a bigger presence in Texas," he said. "I knew he'd been here before (as an A&M assistant in 1990-91). He came into the meeting and said, 'Gig 'em.' He had us figured out. And he talked about recruiting Texas. That was music to my ears."

At that point, Byrne, who had brought Billy Gillispie and Mark Turgeon to College Station, was well on his way to hiring his third men's basketball coach at A&M.

Of course, the quality of one-liners that Kennedy uses doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. Wins matter, and that's where he also has it covered. He's managed to make NCAA tournament appearances with Southeastern Louisiana and Murray State, which won 31 games in 2010 including an upset win in the NCAAs.

But it doesn't hurt that Kennedy is getting off to a nice start, winning over fans and the blogosphere.