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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 CBSSports.com 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.

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Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:05 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

As a spartan fan, I don't see coach Izzo leaving East Lansing. He knows Tubby Smith from the league, and saw what happened to him. I don't think Kentucky fan appreciates Tubby while he was the coach. National Champ, and couple years later, UK dumped him. I don't think coach Izzo wants to make the same mistakes. Besides, he built MSU from the nothing to something. Remember, Atlanta Hawks tried to lure him after he won the championship back in 2000. He said no. With that said, I don't think coach Izzo is moving anywhere. I think UK needs to get Sean Miller from Xavier or Travis Ford.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:04 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 I couldn't have said it better, Bluegrass Cat.

I think they need to keep him.




Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:02 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

What's the appeal of the KY job? How about the fact that it just happens to be the program that has more wins than any other school in the history of college basketball? Or the fact the school, alumni and boosters will bend over backwards to give you what you need to be successful so long as you're appreciative of the task which you've chosen to undertake. That's why Gillespie was not successful there--he had no appreciation for what he was getting himself into. I believe the next coach needs to come from within the Big Blue family so there won't be any questions or issues surrounding the expectations heaped upon the leader of the greatest program in college basketball history. UK fans live and die basketball, however, contrary to what many outside the state believe, we are not fanatical to the point of "win a championship or leave!" We want a team that can perennially compete at the highest levels so that the thought of a championship isn't a pipe dream. And we want a coach who will treat the job with the respect that it deserves. That means that whoever accepts the job will have to fiery as h*lL, but can temper that with a little bit of "southern gentleman" when it's time to deal with the fans and media. If only we could get Tubby back...



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:48 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Kentucky deserves exactly what they are getting.  They shouldn't make it to the tourney for 10 years.  They had a good coach named Tubby but I think other issues (racism) had fans putting for sell signs in his yard.  I see Minnesota made it to the tourney and when he gets a couple of recruiting classes in, they will be permanents.  By the way wildcats eat your heart out Go Tar Heels.  Don't forget all the best players and coaches have came through North Carolina at one time including "Tubbby."




Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:47 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

NO NO NO. Dont you see? People here at UK are doing it again! We were too quick in picking up Gillespie. Now what? We named our top candidates before we even officialy "fired" Gillespie? GOOD GRIEF! You want to know what else is funny? None of these guys are the perfect fit for KY! To coach UK, you dont need a NC or final four under your belt. Havnt we wildcat fans forgot what UK basketball was about? It was about watching your cats and know they were going to give 110% everytime. It was about those games that had us on the edge of the seat. I remember the unforgettables. How they fought through adversity and played in the greatest basketball game of all time. Though we lost to duke on "the shot", i was as ever proud to be a wildcat that day. Just as much as when the cats cut down the nets in '96. Win or lose the wildcats made me proud. Their is only one fit for the program. The one guy that can bring the intensity, the passion and the drive back into UK. Travis Ford. I gurantee you he is ready. Barnhart and Gary Parrish, age has nothing to do with being a fit. Barnhart, none of those first three options are a fit for UK. All three of those guys have it good where they are at. They are fits where they are. This isnt like foot ball or baseball where you can get a decent coach anywhere and stick em in and the programs are a step better. You tried that with gillespie and that was a failure. Your about to do it again. I dont know if i can stand it. Barnhart dont fail us.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:47 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I THINK THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN RID OF HIM DURING MIDSEASON.I'M A BIG BLUE FAN FROM CYNTHIANA,KY ABOUT 20 MINUTES FROM LEXINGTON,AND WHAT HE HAS DONE IS NOT PLEASING TO KENTUCKY FANS.THEY CAN SAY IT'S THE PLAYERS OR WHATEVER.BUT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO IT,IT BILLY G. TAKE A LOOK AT THE FLORIDA STATE COACH,ALSO WHILE YOU ARE LOOKING,LOOK AT VILLANOVA'S COACH.ALL THE BEST TO BILLY G. 




Since: Feb 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:46 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

THE premiere coaching job in the country?  Really?  Yes, UK has a storied history, but hasn't accomplished anything in ten years.   Why would Donovan leave a school he has built with two National Championships and the chance to make his own legacy.  As a Kansas fan living in Memphis, I can objectively say that I don't see any way Cal is leaving.  He has the keys to the city, an incredible run going, and the best recruiting class in the country.  Not sure about Izzo either.  No matter, I think it's a huge stretch to say that UK is the premiere coaching job in the country.  What about UNC, UCLA, KU, Duke?  Or are you just referring to the premiere school that can't seem to keep a good coach without firing him because of "the expectations of Kentucky fans"?




Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:44 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

He pissed off the boosters, the administration, and the overall fan base with his hostile relationship with the media.  He never actually signed his contract.  Didn't develop supposedly good players this year (Liggins & Miller), and as a matter of fact we regressed in a weak SEC this year.  Puzzling substition patterns and weak in-game strategy.  Basically, he hasn't done ANYTHING right during his brief tenure.  I know we're crazy about basketball in Kentucky (I would have kept him 1 more year) but the writing's been on the wall when we started slumping mightily in SEC play and Gillispie wouldn't change his bad attitude towards the UK heirarchy.  Enough to fire?  I don't know but that's the way it goes when you get on your boss' bad side.

 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:44 pm
 

My pick fer the next kentucky coach

I will tell all yall non-kuntucky peoples who we need fer are coach and yall aint even a talkin about him.  His name is Dan Issel but yall prolly dont know who ima talkin about out thar in ye own litle confertable houses. He shood be are next coach becus he still bleeds blue like me. 




Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:41 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I am suprised at the list with Izzo, Calipari, and Donavon. I am even further suprised that he thinks one of them will take the job. I don't see any big name coach leaving that is worth having. Why would they? Memphis would bankrupt itself to keep Calpari and Donavon's wife made him turn down NBA money in order to stay in Florida. The plot thickens in Lexington.


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