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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: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:41 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I hate Kentucky... 

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:37 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Why would it be a mistake for Donovan to leave the best sports school in the country?  UF pays him a ton, he gets premium talent, and he is well-respected in Gainesville.  Plus, Kentucky fans need to acknowledge that UF has had more success in basketball recently then UK.  It's not just football anymore.  Why would he go to a crucible-type atmosphere and try to rebuild when he has some studs coming in to push the Gators right back to the top of the SEC next year?


Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:36 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I really hope all the coachs stick together and no  big time coach will take it.Two years out?. No one should take it. All the good coachs are still working.


Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:36 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Kentucky would have to shell out some major bucks for Calapari.  He signed a contract extension last year. He's making nearly 3 million a year and gets a $500,000 raise per year. If he stays through 2012-13, he gets a $5 million bonus. It would cost a small fortune to buy him out. He's built a solid program here that looks even more promising next year. And why would he trade Memphis fans for fickle Kentucky fans? 

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:27 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Does anyone have the win/loss numbers to post on the comparison for the first two years of coaching at their respective schools for Gillispie, Izzo, Donovan and Calipari? Please post if you have them... Thanks



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:12 pm

Clarifying some UK myths!

I would just like to clear up some of the misleading UK hysteria around the country.  Yes, we are a fan base that expects excellence.  There isn't any question about that.  We can play Cal State Fullerton and sell out.  We have the most passionate fan bases in the country and thats one reason it is so hard to play in Rupp.  Secondly, we are rich in tradition...check out the banners, the number of wins, those who have played the game in a blue and white uniform.  However, we not only look at wins.  The personality of a person will go along way.  Billy is the General without any championships.  He hasn't warranted any respect from UK fans because of he hasn't done anything to earn our respect.  He is a spokesman for the university when he is interviewed at half-time.  However, he blows that up with a hateful almost bully-like response.  The media finally just quit asking him questions at half-time.  There is an excellent article written by a member of the Lexington-Herald.  I will post the link.  I hope that you will read it and find that we are not as crazy down here in KY as everyone thinks we are.....we also wear shoes!!! Imagine that. 


Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:11 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 Izzo is just another Tubby clone as far as style of play, which is as good as watching paint dry.  NO NO IZZO NO NO IZZO!

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:09 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 The Bluegrass cat could not have said it better! Coach G is playing with a 1/2 deck of cards and has done what he can. You gotta give the guy time to bring in his recruits for crying out loud. I join you, I am also ashamed to be a Cats fan, quite frankly I think they are a bunch of jack asses.


Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:08 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


Izzo is not going anywhere besides the NBA. He said in a press conference today that he has goals that he would like to achieve at Michigan State and will not go anywhere until they are achieved. He had the opportunity to go to multiple NBA teams and has stated he has aspirations to coach in the league. Why the hell would he go to Kentucky? His family and friends are in East Lansing and MSU's program has been above and beyond Kentucky in the last ten years. 

Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 8:02 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

i cant belive travis ford isn't in any of this speculation of a new coach

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