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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: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:08 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 Billy Gillispie got just as far as Billy Donovan this year,  without a 1/3 of the talent on his team.   How could Florida not make the NCAA Tourney  two years running,  especially in a weak SEC this year.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:03 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

You're homework is not correct. Tubby Smith received a 1.5 million dollar bonus for staying 10 years. After receiving the bonus, he resigned. Check it out and get back with me. 

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 11:01 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

So you know Tom Izzo personally?

100% sure he would turn down the best job in colllege basetball?

These coaches all have enormous ego's. They love to have the celebrity status.

In Kentucky, He would have that and much, much, more.

I'm not saying that Izzo will leave to come to Kentucky. But you can be assured he will deeply consider it.


Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:59 pm

If they drop BG, Knight is the best option

Just my opinion, but I don't see Izzo gelling with the UK administration or fanbase. Which leaves The General as the next best "sure thing". Making a second [rapid] coaching change is going to make the journey back to greatness a longer one, so I think UK really needs to pay for a 'sure thing' coach;  I suggested this many times when Tubby left, of course mostly getting ridicule and other flack about it, but now I heard a couple of radio heads talkin the idea up. It would work because 1) The man can coach, 2) The media would be all over this so much that it would be a significant PR benefit which would probably jumpstart Knight's recruiting pull, and 3) The man can coach!

I say this with the assumption Billy D still isn't interested.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:56 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Hey Big Blue Nation, listen to this guy (sprode). He knows a lot about success in college basketball. Look at his profile?????? 

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:55 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Do your homework huh? Tubby was fired! Yeah he chose to go to Minnesota, Not! Tubby was fired, my Homework is done


Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:49 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Bill Self might consider some other jobs. But you can best believe UK is not one of them. At this time, it would not even be a lateral move! Lexington for Lawrence? give me a break. There lies the problem. Uk does not need a coach that is "spoiled" by his successes at a "money' program. Nevertheless; Uk B-Ball program would be better served by a young, ambitious coach that is ready to roll up his sleeves and start the rebuilding process.


Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:49 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

First of all let me say that two years is WAY to short to make a decision simply on wins and losses. I don't think his record has much if anything to do with the situation. He has yet to sign his contract due to some reason that only he knows about... he said in front of the media and the AD and President of UK he didn't know being the face of the program was in the "job descrition", he is completly rude to the national and local media and doesn't understand the importance of the tradition that UK stands for. In my opinion only, it comes down to an integrity issue and I'm sure another 10 years can't change that for him. Again, that is my opinion only and I have no real basis outside of what I have seen during interviews and read in the paper.

I just believe Billy got in a little over his head from an overall standpoint with the entire "job description" that is UK basketball. People say UK fans are crazy to expect a winnning year every year and I will go on record right now to say that those fans who expect a Final Four and National Championship every year or every years are crazy in my opinion. We got spoiled in the 90's with 4 Final Fours, 3 National Title games and 2 National Titles in the span of about 8 yaers and 3 of the other 4 years we didn't make the Final Four we played in the Elite 8... that should answer a lot of questions for people who don't recall just hoe dominate UK was just 10 to 12 years ago. Also, I realize when UK fans talk history they get blasted for it but my thing about that is simple... most fans on this board pull for a team that played during the 30's, 40's, 50's and so on. Had their team been as good as UK back then I'm next to positiive they would brag or at the very least be proud of that history as well. UK fans "live in the past" when talking about history and tradition to hear everyone else talk about.

Anyway, We have at the very least been to one Final Four in EVERY decade from the 40's minus this one. UK fans expect a coach to respect that and have his team ready to represent that. I didn't get that feel from this staff or the team this year. So at the end of the day if Billy Clyde Gillispie gets the boot it won't be because of his win/lose record... it will be caused by everything else in my opinion.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:48 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


Mitch, you should be next. The guy had less than two full years at KY. He had the worst roster in the last 20 years. And they fire him cause he misses the tournament? Patterson would make a good forward but how do you expect your team to excel with him as your biggest player? He is a very talented athlete but shold not have to play the 5 spot. Meeks is, as we have all seen this year, a great shooter. Pretty good basketball IQ also, but you cant seriouosly expect to be anything but a pretender with only two players. And come on really, Micheal Porter has a scholarship! That sould be enough said. Mitch the guy should have had 4 years. 

This was a move motivated too much by fans who have no idea what this will cost. FYI the 6 million BG gets in a buy-out has to come from somewhere, and if your getting Billy D, Izzo or Calipari the salary is going to have to go up. Sorry kids your gonna have to pay 9% more next year becasue we didn't win enough basketball games. Thanks for nothing Mitch! 

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:47 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

He has been Fired.



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