Kentucky Gives Gillispie The Boot
The University of Kentucky has decided to tell head coach Billy Gillispie to holler back after two decent seasons in Lexington in which he compiled a record of 40-26. Geez.
Gillispie was looked at as a savior for the program after the legend Tubby Smith was forced to chunk those deuces back in 2007. In his two previous stops at UTEP and Texas A&M, Gillispie earned a reputation for turning programs around asap. Apparently the third time wasn’t a charm.
In Gillispie’s first season the Wildcats finished 18-13. They did manage to sneak into the tournament, but heir first-round loss was the earliest exit for a Kentucky squad since 1991, when the school was on probation and ineligible to compete in postseason play.
Gillispie’s second season offered a little improvement as the team won 4 more games, but unfortunately the powers that be relegated the squad to the NIT, snapping a 17-year streak of Big Dance appearances.
This is just another classic example of the loyalty that is no more in the we-want-it-now world that is sports. Gillispie wasn’t even given the standard 3 year window that is necessary for a coach to get “his team” in place. It’s hard out there for a head coach.