UPDATE: Obviously this went down Friday, but yeah, Gillispie is now gone.
From the outsider’s perspective, the only true qualification that Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie seemed to have was that he was whiter than Tubby Smith. Smith, you’ll remember, was ran out of Lexington in 2007 after fans had to suffer through second round exits in the NCAAs. Gillispie has fared no better, and in fact led his team to a fantastic collapse to end his second season with the team, and Kentucky missed the Big Dance for the first time since they were on probation in 1991. And now a report from Score on the Leo Weekly blog (thanks, flubby) says that Gillispie will be fired when his season ends. It’s credible enough for us to run here, which means absolutely nothing:
The termination, I’m told, will happen soon after UK’s last game.
I’m told that a player mutiny was afoot, that as many as five underclassmen declared their intention not to return if BCG did. And that the school’s administration is disinclined to let that happen. Especially since the coach has been a PR nightmare since he stepped on campus.
I’m told that UK president Lee Todd himself made the decision.
So there. For the record, Kentucky beat UNLV last night to advance to the field of 16 in the NIT last night. And they couldn’t even play the game in their own arena, as the place was rented out for the state high school championships. It was fitting, as the Kats hadn’t played in that gym since 1976; their last NIT appearance before last night came in 1979.
Originally posted March 18, 2009