Sports Topic of the Day: Billy Gillispie Takes over at Kentucky

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    Apr 06, 2007 4:55 PM GMT
    After Billy Donovan turned down the Wildcats, Kentucky went for Texas A&M coach Billy Gillispie to right their ship.

    Gillispie had spent 3 years at Texas A&M and turned them from a Big 12 doormat to a Big 12 leader this year - taking them to the Sweet 16.

    Kentucky apparently offer him a 7-year deal. Gilllispie spent two years at UTEP in his first head coaching job from 2002-04 before A&M hired him.

    It's a interesting choice. All indications are that Gillispie is an up-n-coming coach, but he's never been at an institution for more than 3 years, so it's not known if he can recruit great talent. This year's A&M team was driven by Acie Law IV, a point guard who was at A&M before Gillispie arrived. Tubby's problem at Kentucky was his inability to recruit big-time players, so that will be the microscope on Gillispie.

    I'm a little surprised they didn't go with someone with a longer track record, but Gillispie will bring excitement back to the "Big Blue" program and he seems to have a tough enough skin to handle to tremendous expectations of the job.

    Good Luck!!!
  • dhinkansas

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    Apr 06, 2007 7:48 PM GMT
    Gillispie doesn't really coach the style I think the Kentucky fans want to see. I don't know...just guessing the Cat fans like those 95-79 wins...Gillispie is more of a tough 49-47 black eye win kind of game. Should be intersting to see how it goes...well for the UK fans I hope. Great tradition there. Ashley Judd too. We never have movie stars at a KU game in Lawrence. Lots of coaching moves...Huggins to West Virginia. I actually respect guys like Billy Donovan for sticking with their program.
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    Apr 07, 2007 3:26 AM GMT
    The Kats haven't had a 95-79 win since, oh, 2002 or so. Tubbyball had turned into uglyball so hoping that Gillespie is open to putting a little fast break back in the playbook.

    Being a WildKat in Florida, I can attest that Donovan made a huge mistake. Florida is not, will not be, and never will be a basketball school first. Even while defending the national championship this year, the Gators failed to sell out 10 of their 18 home games in a 12,000 stadium.

    Also only 500 fans made the trip to New Orleans to back the Gators for their first round NCAA games. The WildKat nation took 10,000 strong to Chicago.

    Donovan is left with his 2 titles but an empty cupboard as the top 6 players are gone and only one top 25 player coming in the latest recruiting class.

    While not the first choice, we whole heartedly welcome Billy G with open arms and hope he ready us for the quest for our 8th banner.

  • adamspt2

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    Apr 09, 2007 2:10 AM GMT
    As a Kentucky fan in Lexington, I'm cautiously optimistic. His first day was certainly a home run. He's excited, wants the job, wants the pressure, wants to be here. We'll see how/if that holds up.

    As for game pace, I'll tell you one thing. If we humiliated Florida in Gainesville next year by a score of 37-15, there would be dancing in the streets.
  • hotversguy

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    Apr 09, 2007 3:19 AM GMT
    Coach K had a pretty shitty track record when he was hired...and turned his program into the legacy that Kentucky used to be.
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    Apr 09, 2007 3:41 PM GMT
    Agree about Coach K, but the Duke job in '83 was not the Kentucky job now as far as stature/prestige.

    I really like Gillispie's attitude and think he was a good choice, but this is not Carolina hiring Roy Williams from Kansas. I was expecting something HUGE like that.

  • dhinkansas

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    Apr 09, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    RySurfsFL's comments were interesting. Always fun to hear how fans feel about things. Gillispie won't really lead the Cats to fast break wins, but a win is a win. Saw A&M a lot on tv this season, and they did have some of the toughest defensive pressure I've seen in a long time. Kentucky is a basketball school and the fans will get behind Gillispie and he will be a winner. Amazing to me Florida could sell 90,000 seats to a meaningless football game, but yet struggle to fill the O-Dome.
  • hotversguy

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    Apr 10, 2007 12:56 AM GMT
    Okay, so maybe the better comparison would be Roy Williams at UNC (retch, puke) after Dean Smith.

    He's done quite well...