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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 23, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:45 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

What a surprise, Kentucky's already jumping off the bandwagon.  I'll be glad every time they miss the tourny.  That program is filled with douchebags and they don't deserve success.

I hope none of those three leave.  It would be stupid.  Izzo, stay at MSU.  Calipari, you have a good thing going.  Donovan, that's your program.  None of them should sacrifice good gigs for this underserving sh*thole.  Kentucky needs to be humbled.  Let the hotseat cool.

I'm guessing Donovan though.  Two recent titles and nothing since.  He was ready to jump before, but now that he's aware of the down years... he'll probably be ready for new "success".  Hopefully, he fails and Kentucky continues to blow.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:42 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I think Kentucky is getting EXACTLY WHAT THEY DESERVE by having to get rid of Gillespie after two years. As I recall, Mitch Barnhart used to be an associate athletic director at TENNESSEE. I know the person I'm about to name would never consider it, but Bruce Pearl could do a good job at Kentucky...don't tell anyone though. After him, my candidates would be Travis Ford (Okla.St.), Donovan (Fla.), Barnes (Texas), possibly Dan Issel, maybe Coach Cal (Memphis) or Jamie Dixon (Pitt), Sean Miller (Xavier) or Bill Self (the other KU). 


Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:40 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Thinking anyone who wants to go to Kentucky is nuts because its a place where anything short of championships is considered failure?  Hmm.  I thought the reason coaches coached was to be winners and win championships.&nb
sp; You don't have to win a championship every year at Kentucky (we only have seven over our many years in the sport), but you do have to at least compete at the highest level for one, year in and year out.  This is college basketball country and we have been on a decline since 1999 (last time in the final four).  It is time for the Kentucky Wildcats and its faithfulls to reclaim thier throne.  I think you would be nuts if you didn't want to come to Kentucky and be a part of that.


Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:39 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 Please god, not Izzo.


I had enough of Tubby-ball.  Tubby's Cats could manage to get the offense into the 60s.  Izzo is one of only a handful of coaches that can coach an even more boring offensive basketball team.  I will stop being a UK fan when they are regularly scoring 50 - 55 points.  Win or lose.  That is just the kind of crap basketball I can't watch.


Izzo comes and I am no longer caring about UK basketball.   I would rather watch paint dry or track the sun's movements across a summer sky, burning out my retinas.


Is there not anyone else in Big Blue land that can see this cure for insomnia?



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:34 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Did Roy Williams win his first championship with his "own players"?. Your attitude is exactly the reason why Kentucy basketball is the condition it is. If the job is such a great job then why did Rick leave? When wildcat fans stop thinking that their program is God's program (UCLA, UNC, Duke, KU could probably make this claim as well) then maybe, you will be able to hire a coach who might want to stay around to build this,once proud, program, back to it's once lofty heights. By the way, you said you didn't like Tubby as a human being. I am sure you had plenty of late nights conversations with Tubby!


Since: Sep 23, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:33 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Perhaps there are contractual constraints but there is only one person living today who would be totaly acceptable to the UK program...that is Rick Pitino. KY sent him to Boston with their blessing and he got $10M out of the blocks. He would be no different than Saban going from LSU to Dolphins to Alabama, except Pitino knows he could survive the Louisville hail-storm if he left. I don't know his personal situation but he is da man. Mitch Barhartt would have to go. What was he thinking when he met Gillispie? Was he articulate or are Barnhartt's Tenn. ties too strong that he would set back KY for years while he dreams about returning to Knoxville. Billy isn't a bad coach, just one that never grasped this program. There are plenty of coaches who ache to be at Kentucky. Joe Hall replaced a legend & did well. People don't even remember Gene Bartow, he replaced a legend too but it was years before UCLA came back & they've had their changes, too.

Go Big Blue...I just hope Patrick & Jodie stay. Pitino could tell them about those guys, in the early 90's, who stuck w/ the program. He could also give them the guidance needed to get them to the NBA.

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

What's up with the Gillispie situation?


 Kentucky will never endure a rebuilding period. We require a quality coach who can maintain the record that we are used to and have come to expect. Perhaps next time we need to pick a coach without a record for getting dui's.......

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

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Izzo would be horrible. (And the most unlikely.)  50 pts a game?  Did that with Tubby.  No thanks.   I think it's Donovan.  2 Nat'l Championships, half full arena this year, football always no. 1.   Yeah, it's Donovan.  Bhart and Tood too worried about Calapari's shadiness --  agent connections, recruting, etc.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:19 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

T-Bone, Florida may have great facilities but, like it has been said many times, it is a football school. They do not even sell out the O dome for most home games. Kentucky is first or second every year in average attendance. He would be treated like a rock star in Kentucky.

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 10:16 pm

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

fer all yall spekulatin folks out thar, ole bcg is a goner! they just released it from a source in side an close to TL, bcg ought to look at gettin a real estake agents to git rid of he's house out thar, he aint the coach no more! the school is gonna pay em 6 M and do you want to know who the replacement is...i got that too, but it wont be released from the administrashun until saturday at the earliest - just lettin all yall know Jimmycrackedcorn knew and let yall know first 

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