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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.

Comments

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:15 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

i sure wood like to know who yer a talkin about fellar when ye said:

"What elite coach in his right mind would go to Kentucky after they've seen a top tier coach run out after only two years?"

who is that top tier coach and how can ye even mention that about bcg? hope ye look up yer stuff befere ye post it up on here fer an old man to read that noncents like that thar commint.  tied fer second fer the most losses in any season by any coach in the history of uk basketball he is, and this season is considered by many to be the worst since 1922 young man. so who are ye a talkin about being such a good coach?

my recomendation - fer yer infermashun is dan issel, tell me what ye thanks about him fer coachin the wildcats please.




Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:15 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

 When your the best,all that matters is Championships!I'm a true Blue Ky fan,and when they start excepting less than National Championships i'll be gone,WHY play if your goal is not to be the BEST!Kentucky is the pressure cooker of all jobs because we demand the best,true many will fail,but if you don't you'll be the next Rick Pitino!Travis Ford is my man,not only do Cat fans want to win but they want the exciting basketball we all came to Love in the 90's,pressure D and 3 point shooting,thats Kentucky basketball,not 64-58!

 




Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:14 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

if Izzo wanted warmer weather he would head to Arizona.  He'd be a fool to take the Kentucky job.  Gillespe will go somewhere else and do very well.

 

 




Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:12 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Gillisipe is in a no win situation... Any Coach taking this job, must be a helluva of a recruiter. I don't think Izzo fits the bill, Calipari and Donovan are both better recruiters; however, they have built stong, solid programs at Memphis and Florida, respectively and they probably would want to stay put.

 

When i think of a good fit, Jeff capel comes to mind. He has brought respect and winning back to a program that Kelvin Sampson left in shambles. Capel is young, recruits well, and knows the game. Capel is ready to ascend to basketball royalty, better known as U.K..

 

 

 




Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:11 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Very insightful post.  Well articulated with lots of information.  Good job.  Idiot.

 

 




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:11 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

For one Tubby smith only won the national championship with pitinos recruits...anybody could have won the championship with those players.  They were almost as good as the 1996 team.  After that it went down hill.  Personally i was the happiest person in the world when he left.  I like Gillespie but he still does not coach Kentucky style basketball.  Ky should be what louisville is now.  Ky fans want full court press the whole game...They want a fast paced game with few turnovers and a team and coach they can depend on.  A championship might be to much to ask for right now...but goin to the tournament next year would be nice.  I'm sorry but gillespie has to go...I hope for donavan...and i know donavan would have bee here two years ago had it not been for his wife not wanting to leave florida.  But fans have to look at the mitch barnhart situation...apparently hes not doing the best job of finding a coach, and his job should be under review as well.  Ky is the winniest program in the NCAA and i doubt the university is going to let any other school take that away from us.  And with North CArolina being so close to that title Ky has to do something fast and i think thats why Gillespie is out the door...hes not dependable.  I also feel he has a bad relationship with some of the players such as meeks.  I think meeks could have been player of the year this year had he had a better coach.  That goes for patterson as well.    Ky had the talent this year...theres no doubt about that...but thats all they had.

 




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:09 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

"its time for Cal, Izzo, or Donovan to make the jump to a big time program like UK"

"its the type of program where only the most elite coaches should be considered"

 

This is loony.  Memphis & Michigan State are already big time programs BECAUSE of the coaches they have.  The reality is that it's the coach that makes a program a big time program, not the school.

 

This is about to be a repeat of NC State hiring Sidney Lowe or Indiana hiring Kelvin Sampson.  Those were the biggest names they could get, because any coach who was already a big name saw it as a no win situation.  What elite coach in his right mind would go to Kentucky after they've seen a top tier coach run out after only two years?  If you are an elite coach, you are already in an extremely successful situation (otherwise you wouldn't be considered elite), and your school will at least come close to matching the $ that Kentucky will throw at you.

 




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:09 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Wow, it is amazing how quickly things have fallen apart there at Kentucky.  I agree that it will likely be one of those three, with my money on Izzo.  I think Donovan and Calipari both have very good situations where they are, and just can't imagine them jumping out of such good spots to land in the fire that the would find at Kentucky.  The pressure would be on immediately to win at a high level, never mind the fact that the program needs to be rebuilt.

Sad to see, because while I am a Razorback fan first, I am also a SEC fan just as much, and a strong Kentucky program is good for the conference.  I sure hope they get their ship back upright quickly.

 




Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:08 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Mike Brey might be an option. Notre Dame basketball will suffer when Harangody and McAlarney, and Brey is a big time coach with a good record. He just beat Kentucky, so they know how good he is. Their recruiting class is only decent. Harangody will go pro and McAlarney graduates this year. Brey has a winning percentage of .652. Not too shabby.




Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2009 9:07 pm
 

What's up with the Gillispie situation?

Well id like to see how calipari would fair in the sec because at least there are some big name programs he will face and likely get a no.1 seed in the tourney instead of playing in the cusa because nobody from there gets any recognition in that conference look at 2005 uofl team winning the regular season and tourney and receiving a no.4 seed so i think calipari should take that job he definately can sell the memphis program he definately could sell the uk one  



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