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What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Posted on: March 26, 2009 4:55 pm
Edited on: March 26, 2009 6:51 pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Even here in FedExForum, with four of the best teams in the country gathered for Friday night's games, the question I've been asked most today doesn't involve Blake Griffin or Tyler Hansbrough, or even Ty Lawson's toe. No, the question I've been asked most -- by coaches and other media people -- is this: When is the Billy Gillispie thing going down?

Answer: Soon ... barring a major change of plans.

Multiple sources -- and by multiple, I mean like 70 -- have told that Gillispie will almost certainly never coach another game at Kentucky, that it's simply a matter of making it official. The prevailing thought is that a humbled Gillispie could possibly save himself by acknowledging missteps and promising to better embrace the celebrity that goes hand-in-hand with coaching at Kentucky, but people close to Gillispie insist he's "too stubborn" for that, and that he'd take his $6 million buyout and walk away before ever greatly altering his personality.

So why the wait?

Sources have said UK would like to have a replacement lined up before it moves on Gillispie, that the ideal scenario has the school introducing its next head coach less than 48 hours after Gillispie is asked to resign.  More than likely, that means athletic director Mitch Barnhart is spending today trying to determine -- through intermediaries, of course -- if Florida's Billy Donovan will really jump, and if he won't then the next two likely candidates are Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Memphis' John Calipari, both of whom are still coaching their teams in this NCAA tournament and thus unavailable for the time being.

Here's a prediction: Kentucky will get one of those three.

Which one?

I'll let you guess, for now.

But any list that includes a fourth option is probably a list one name too long, because Barnhart will do whatever it takes to make a home run hire, well aware that he can't take a chance on a relatively young option and risk another mistake. Another mistake will cost him his job, but Donovan, Izzo or Calipari would extend it for years, no question.


Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 10:25 am

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Should I continue to rest assured?



Since: Nov 17, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2009 10:08 am

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Izzo has too much vested in the Spartan program to leave.

Elite Eight or better this year and a serious chance to take it all next year.

He is also vested in the players.

No. Izzo is a blue collar guy and will stay put.

Go State!

Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2009 12:11 am

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Your comment about KY 'snapping their fingers' and coaches will flock is a little unreasonable. Over the years the BB program has given solace to those of us who deal with the recruiting of the Ohio States to the north, Tennessee to the south and just about everybody else around them. basketball has attracted the best because of the richness of it's history, the special bond between the players & the fans.

Why people love to see us go through these things is mindboggleing. Schools reputations have been made just being on the KY schedule. Look how many of the current coaches in the NCAA have ties at KY & I may not name them all...Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Florida, Minnesota. Miami. Joe Hall replaced Rupp, Eddie Sutton was forced to leave for NCAA issues, Pitino left on his own, Tubby for 10 years, now Billy G. It's not like Kentucky has run them off. I'll ask you guys to look at the record of tenure on average, not just the last one.


Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 6:26 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

i don't know...I mean as a Memphis fan, I respect and am somewhat envious infact of Kentucky's rich basketball history (what is it... 7 national titles). But the recent history is pathetic, (and I'm not talking about the on court performance)....I'm talking about the way the athletic department, the boosters, and some fans have treated their last 2 coaches.

I don't lknow all the personality or image issues involving BillyG and really don't care. Allowing a coach only 2 years is pretty sad. Kentucky mayt go after a Coach Cal, Izzo, or Donavan and one of thm may very well accept for all I know. I personally would hate to see Cal leave Memphis and personally can't see how he could possibly go with what he has established here. Although eveyone knows how much old money is in KY, I'm fairly sure (short of Fort Knox itself), Memphis will match. The expectations for the program in Memphis while very high, are a little more realistic so that there isn't nearly the pressure. (i'm sure that has to do with never having won a NC, but we're always optimistic.)

Like I said, I could be wrong and one of these coaches may accept, but to think that just because of it's rich past, Kentucky can just snap its fingers and prospective big-time coaches will leave very good situations, and come come rushing slobbering at the mouth to Lexington like an excited Golden retriever to its owner  leaves me to think that some (and I stress SOME) at Kentucky are living too much in the past and have too high of an opinion of themselves.


Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 5:31 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

To the Ky. fan who said Izzo has not won an NC since the "Naismith era," who has won more recently, MSU or Ky? Thought so. In fact, Izzo has been to more Final Fours during his tenure as head coach than any other team or coach except Duke and Coach K. But keep thinking that Izzo would not bring winning basketball to Ky if he wanted the job. No need for him to step down to the UK job at this point, though. By the way, here are some results this year from the "boring" Big 10 teams: 11/28/08 Michigan St. vs. Oklahoma State Orlando, Fla. W, 94-79 (I do believe UK alum Ford coaches OK St, right?) Thu 11/20 Illinois @ VANDERBILT W 69-63 Sat 12/6 Illinois vs. GEORGIA W 76-42 Tue 3/24 Penn St. @ FLORIDA W 71-62 (I do believe Billy D, a coach you all are lusting after, coaches Fla, no?) Sat 12/20 Minnesota vs. LOUISVILLE W 70-64 (You know who coaches these teams, of course) You will note that the Big 10 team in each case scored at least 69 points. Maybe if the teams they beat had played better defense, they would have won. But hey, I'm sure they entertained their fans by losing those games in a pretty fashion. Give it up. The job is not what it used to be. It might get there again with the right guy, but not right now. Billy D has already turned down the UK. Izzo is not going anywhere. UK's best bet, IMO, is to convince Travis Ford or Sean Miller (another coach who has a "boring" style) to come there.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2009 3:05 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Izzo isn't going anywhere.  No other school can offer him what he has at Michigan St.  If he leaves, it will be to coach in the NBA. 

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 12:30 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

should say BIG 10, I guess my Hoosiers are that BOGged down!!!



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 12:26 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 I totally disagree with that.  He is rooted at MSU and can win there easily.  In the past few years I would say MSU is the better place anyway.  He also has Crean in the Bog 10 now.  I think you are wrong but you never know.  Take care.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 11:51 am

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 Why would donovan leave UF.  kentucky is so full of itself it's ridiculous!  Lexington is not a great place to live, Donovan is a legend at UF, and you can't really pay him more.  Furthermore, he turned down the Magic and more $$ because he loved UF.  I understand the last 2 years have been frustrating, but stop dreaming.  Travis Ford is your guy, and a good choice at that.


Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2009 11:37 am

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

ACC - 1 team left (and will probably fall as well) Acc  1 - SEC 0

Big East - is a joke despite their good fortune last night - UConn? 2 NCAA Championships, Duke 3, UNC 4, Pitt 0, Marquette 1, Michagan State 2, Kansas 3, AZ 1, Syracuse 1, Villanova 1, Louisville 2 (not in BLeast) - none of those "better" jobs have the prestige or difficulty as the SEC - UK 7 NCAA Championships, UF 2, Arkansas 1.  How anyone thinks AZ is a better gig is high.  The schools you mention are having a good year - not a good "history"...So the SEC had a down year...UK will be back - that is the one constant.  All the other stats are filler to make losing feel better to the eventual losers of the tournament - that's what seperates UK and UCLA apart - they're not happy with "filler" stats as ACC has 2 teams "left" - only one winner.


No Donovan at UK!! Please!




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