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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: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:08 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Wow, prayers really do get answered sometimes. I wasn't a big fan of Coach G from the start- I had hoped for Texas coach Rick Barnes when they hired Coach G. Now, I'm just glad to hear that it's likely we're getting rid of him! Nothing against the man, he is a fine coach, he just doesn't mesh with Kentucky basketball for whatever reason. I know alot of people say don't evaluate him until he installs his system with his players but we're Kentucky fans here and as far as we're concerned anything less than a final four is a disappointing season and we WON'T pretend to be okay with anything less-because we aren't okay with it. Best of luck to coach G at his next coaching stop, now let's go out and get ourselves a new basketball coach!  

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:03 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Gillispie IS a Tom Crean type coach....

Kentucky is dumb.  ou need to give the guy more then 2 seasons....I guess Tubby, his Nat'l title and 10 straigth tourney appearances wasn't so bad after all huh?

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 7:00 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

u aint getting calipari go get billy d  r  some other coach u cant have calipari 

Since: Jan 4, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:58 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

a lot of billy clyde's problems come from billy clyde's non-coaching habits....remind me of eddie sutton at kentucky...glub glub glub 

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:53 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 The fault don't seem to be with the coach as more with the University and fans? They have had great coaches that have either left or got fired for whatever reasons. The question would be, was it for the right reasons? Fans can expect miracles but it does not mean it will happen in one or two or even three years. Look at Duke, they wanted to get rid of coach K at first and I bet they are really thankful they decided to stick with him in the long run. Tubby Smith is an excellant coach and is doing great at Minnesota, most likely due to alot less stupid pressure put on due to impatient unhappy fans...

Billy Gillispie is a good coach and knows basketball very well and he can get Kentucky back on top with time and patience. So how many years do you give a coach to prove himself at Kentucky? Some basketball elite schools have to high expectations and have to learn the hard way and it takes more years then it would have if they just stuck with one of the coaches they let go..... Time will tell.





Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:49 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 I'm A Kentucky fan and have been for a Long TIme.  But I would much rather see Kentucky go after a person who know's Kentuck.  Has Anyone ever thought about bringing in Travis Ford ?  How about John Pelphry?  I would love to see one of these guys take over. Rex Chapman for ever, Billy G NEVER

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:47 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 I don't think even Izzo who averages a Final Four every four years with Michigan St would WANT the Kentucky job.  I think Donovan would be the first to jump ship.  I think he'd take the money.  And really, Florida recruiting isn't loking so hot if you ask me.  Not to mention, the guy used to be an assistant coach at Kentucky.

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:46 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

As a UK fan, this whole situation makes me sick to be honest.  The AD and university president should have known what type of person Billy G was before they hired him.  Personally I could really care less if he's an ambassador for UK, or gives Jeannine Edwards hell over a "bad question"; he is a basketball junkie, and loves everything about the game almost to the point of obsession (like a majority of the fanbase).  He inherited a good, but not great, team and was only given two years to turn it around.  This displays an arrogant, elitist attitude, and irrational expectations from everyone involved.  This will probably result in another setback for the program, because I don't think any of the coaches mentioned will do any better.  For the first time in my life, I am ashamed to be a fan of the Cats. 

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:40 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

You know it's hard to believe any three of those coaches will leave their job for two reasons.  1) They all are comfortable in their coaching situations, Donovan and Izzo both have at least one championship, and Calipari hasn't lost in a million games. 2) No successful coach really wants to coach in Lexington with the crazy expectations and an idiot AD.  Out of those three candidates I can only see Donovan actually taking the job because he is still an up and coming coach, and he has ties at Kentucky.  The only one I want to see leave is Calipari.  Memphis is a good team, but they play in a crappy conference.  Yes the SEC has had a bad couple of years, but it is nowhere near a crappy as conference as MEMPHIS-USA.  I would like to see what Cal can do in a bigger conference with a prestigious school.  If he can bring Kentucky back to the promise land I will believe he is a good coach, until then I am still not impressed by his coaching, although his recruiting is outstanding.


Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 6:40 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

There is no way Tom Izzo would give up what he has going for him in East Lansing. He has job security, his family is here, and he is loved by the state of Michigan. He will retire as a Spartan.  Calipari has a cushy job at Memphis and won't make the jump as he has turned Memphis into a power. Donovan would be making a lateral move in my book and he would be better off staying where he is at.

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