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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 9:57 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 As a UK fan for the last 42yrs I cannot believe that we are giving a coach that lives, breathes and loves B-ball as much as we do, 2yrs to try and turn around this gigantic ship (as some want to believe is sinking-not true.Rudder is stuck and not moving in the RIGHT direction.) I would love for BCG to stick around and fix that "Rudder" p
roblem and get us to our destination of which is hanging banners. I do not think it's about X's and O's or wins or loses. What I keep hearing is off the court issues.

Now can I define what of the court issues means? No I cannot.Could it be the famous ESPN Edwards interviews? Probably. Could it be him being single and having a good time? Probably. Could it be him wanting to be a coach and not a celebrity? Probably.Could it be all the above?Again probably.Maybe one day, soon I hope, we find out.

 Somebody above me posted about the Herald-Leader articles.If you live in the area you would know the HL has their own agenda not just in sports but overall. Vast majority of fans are really turned off by the daggers they throw at the program and by the "fanning of the flames" they do. It's no secret BCG does not like dealing with the media. He is not like Rick Pitino who loves the spotlight.BCG just want's to coach B-Ball.The local media in my opinion wants full access and Billy telling them by his tone and body language "bug off."

As far as him leaving chances are 50/50. He leaves or he stays. If he leaves we better have one heck of a plan A.Everybody has their pick who they would love to see replace him.Some FYI Kentucky is still a top tier destination if your a coach.Here are my 2 cents worth.

1) Calipari- He will hate hearing this "Pitino Clone" Memphis fans you might not want to hear this but he has stated before "He would crawl to Lexington for this job." That was last time though, this time he might use it for leverage for more $$.

2)Pitino- Hey he said it was the biggest mistake he ever made when he left UK. Will this ever happen NO! One can dream can't they?

3) Billy D- I don't think he has that fire in the belly anymore. 2 Titles will probably do this.Maybe he needs a change of scenery.

Who I DON'T want

1) Pelphrey- Love him. Not even close for this monster. 2-14 in SEC.I cannot imagine the outcome of that here.

2) Travis Ford- Almost ready. Got to remember he is brash like BCG. Honestly not well liked in B-Ball circles around state.

3) Izzo- Big Ten style. Been there done that with Tubby. One guy above stated it would bring back the "Old Days" yea right what days was that? Before the shot clock. Izzo wins like Tubby did. He and Tubby are right where they belong.In the Big Ten.

No to Matta,Dixon and whoever else is out there.

One last thing about Tubby.He left us. Period. It wasn't about race as some want you to believe ( Remember that there is always one of those UGLY kids in your school picture.I admit that ugly kid showed his face on the Tubby ordeal.HL played it more then it was.)   Tubby was told to shake up his staff and he said he would but Hobbs stays and he gets to add his son Saul. UK said no.They have a no family members rule. Tubby balked and UK didn't blink.Next thing you know he is gone.For the record I miss him.What a great coach and person.But I didn't like the style of ball he played but he won.Just not enough.

 

 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:57 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Kentucky fans are hillbillies and idiots.  They fired Tubby because he didn't make it to the Final Four every five years and they haven't been to the tournament in about five years.  By the way get off Deans nut sack GO TAR HEELS 




Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:56 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 The UCONN job isn't open and most likely won't be anytime soon.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:56 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 By all means, you can have BCG. Have Tubby too while you're at it. I couldn't stand Tubby as a coach or as a human being (I won't insult other upstanding men I know by calling him a man). BCG is a drunk (and while I can respect that the job at KY isn't easy....). Tubby doesn't have a championship in his own right with his own players. The championship he won was with Pitino's players...He didn't do much else. BCG hasn't done anything since he's been here, and doesn't have the right to call himself the coach of UK. Also, on the subject of BCG..He wasn't ready for the KY job...he had a good team, we needed a coach, and Billy D wasn't ready to leave FL to come up here (or to the NBA, but I digress......). So Billy G was the sloppy seconds...Oh well, at least Mitch and Lee T. have seen the light. His "resignation" can't come soon enough and a better coach can't come soon enough. I might actually go back to ATTENDING UK games with a new coach who's worth it....Tubby wasn't...Billy G wasn't....




Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:52 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

good for UK

Izzo can stay in the Big 10

 




Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:49 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Izzo not leaving MSU for Kentucky.  Dream on. 




Since: Oct 29, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:48 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Am I the only one who thinks two years is a little fast to jump ship?

 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:44 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 PEOPLE!!!!!!!! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS ON COURT PRODUCT!! ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!!!!




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:43 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

I know you were happy. You are one of those fans I'm talking about (racist) that is why you deserve to play in the NIT.  While we compete and win championships. GO TAR HEELS 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:39 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

So, UK is the "premier" coaching job in the country?  What?  There are only two reasons to coach at UK.  #1 is if you're paid a huge salary, for a D1 coach.  #2 is if you're a glutton for punishment!  Look at Tubby Smith.  Oh, I forgot, the "community" ran him out of town, so...#3, you would have to be WHITE, even if you are pretty successful, to make it through "down years"!  This is even the case when you're one of the top teams in the SEC and making the big dance every year, including a national championship!  At least Donovan's WHITE, so he'd last longer; but if he were to have a few years like he did at Florida this season, guess what?  He'd be on the hot seat, too!  What you're doing is calling for a guy who's led a program up and down, but still had mild success in his down years.  You UK people forget that such performance is not good enough for you.  Nooooo...UK fans have to be contending for the Final Four and a national championship every year.  Furthermore, Pitino spoiled you, and you're getting jealous of him rising far above you at Louisville.  Well, he's not coming back.  Learn to live with mild success sometimes, UK fans.  There's only one Michael Jordan, one Phil Jackson, one Rick Pitino, etc.  You blew it when you ran Tubby out of town!  Now, you're running the next guy out of town before he gets his first recruiting class to their senior season!  To be fair, he hasn't had a chance to do his job, even if he is a maniac coach.  You people are totally ridiculous.



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