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Billy Gillispie (2007-09), 40-27 (.597), 1 NCAA tournament

in Themen von J-K-L 09.08.2019 13:48
von Thompson | 4 Beiträge

Kentucky fans wanted Billy Donovan, the former Wildcats assistant and Rick Pitino disciple who was fresh off back-to-back national titles at SEC rival Florida. Instead they got Gillispie, who had done a nice job turning around a dormant program at Texas A&M but was not nearly ready for the pressure cooker that was Lexington.

The clock was ticking as early as Game 2 of his tenure, when Kentucky got handled by Gardner-Webb 84-68 at Rupp Arena. UK would scratch and claw its way to a No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament that season but missed the field entirely the next year. Beyond the losses, Gillispie alienated players with a relentlessly demanding coaching style and enjoyed a frosty-at-best relationship with both the media and a UK community that desired slightly more charisma from its coaches.

Gillispie (who reduced his leverage by opting not to sign his contract upon his hire) was fired after two seasons with relatively little liability to the university. He'd reemerge as the head coach at Texas Tech in 2011 before citing health problems as a reason for quitting after a single 8-23 season. Gillispie currently coaches at Ranger College, a community college in west-central Texas.
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