Tag:Billy Gillispie
Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:54 pm
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Gillispie reaches agreement with Texas Tech

Texas Tech officials have finalized an agreement that will make Billy Gillispie the school's next men's basketball coach, as CBSSports.com reported would be the case last Thursday.

A formal announcement is expected later Sunday.

The introductory press conference will be Wednesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Gillispie is a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:48 am
 

Source: Gillispie to TTU likely coming next week

Billy Gillispie will be named Texas Tech's next basketball coach barring an unexpected change of plans over the coming days, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. But the source added that nothing is finalized and almost certainly won't be before Monday because Kirby Hocutt doesn't officially take over as the school's athletic director until next week, and Texas Tech won't formally move on Gillispie in advance of that.

"They're in a holding pattern," the source said. "But it's headed that direction."

Gillispie would be a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.

Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.

He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.

Gillispie is the only known candidate who has already interviewed with Texas Tech officials.

Posted on: March 22, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: March 22, 2010 1:07 pm
 

ECU to hire Lebo


The East Carolina Board of Trustees is expected to approve late Monday the hiring of former Auburn coach Jeff Lebo as the school's next basketball coach, CBSSports.com has confirmed.

A formal introduction could come Tuesday.

Auburn fired Lebo earlier this month after six seasons at the school.

This development fills one opening in Conference USA, but two remain. Houston coach Tom Penders has been forced into resignation after six seasons despite taking the Cougars to the 2010 NCAA tournament. Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is a possibility to replace him. Meantime, UCF is conducting a search to find a replacement for Kirk Speraw, who was fired last week. Appalachian State's Buzz Peterson has emerged as a serious candidate at UCF at least partly because of his relationship with Michael Jordan. One of Jordan's sons, Marcus Jordan, plays for UCF. Also worth noting is that the school just signed an apparel deal with Nike.
Posted on: September 15, 2009 3:21 pm
 

Thoughts on Eustachy's alcoholism/cancer comment


I've received a lot of feedback about my Larry Eustachy column , almost all of it nice. But there is one quote from Eustachy with which some have taken issue, and it's the one where he said, "Would you laugh at somebody who is battling cancer? Because that's what it is. It's a disease. "

Some of you have decided it's crazy to compare alcoholism to cancer.

Others refuse to believe alcoholism is a disease at all.

That's your right, I guess. But it's worth noting that Eustachy expected this reaction, which is why he said he knew some would read the column and say, "That Eustachy is so full of sh-t. " In other words, you're not surprising Larry Eustachy; he's heard it all before. And though I see no point in debating whether alcoholism is as serious as cancer (or where it ranks in a group with MD and diabetes), I will say that anybody who doesn't believe alcoholism is a disease doesn't really understand alcoholism at all.

It is most definitely a gripping disease that destroys families and kills people everyday. And that it can, in some cases, be brought on by poor decisions or a lack of self-control shouldn't matter much, because a first cigarette can be what leads to lung cancer just like one night of unprotected sex can be what leads to HIV just like daily trips to the local hamburger joint can be what leads to a heart attack, but we don't laugh at people with lung cancer or HIV, and we don't mock heart attacks, do we? And really, that was Eustachy's point, that though a person's role in his fight with alcoholism cannot always be excused, there is no debating that alcoholism is a serious disease just like cancer is a serious disease.

Hopefully, that makes some sense to you.

But if you're still not convinced, I'll direct you to an email I got from a reader this morning, an email from a man who has battled both cancer and addiction. In part, it read: "As someone who has recovered -- so far -- from a bout with cancer, and has been clean and sober from a cocaine addiction for 26 1/2 years, I know the parallels are there, and that alcoholism is indeed a most deadly, and misunderstood disease. "

So if you don't want to believe Larry Eustachy, don't believe Larry Eustachy.

And if you don't want to believe me, don't believe me.

But that email came from a man who understands both cancer and addiction better than you probably understand cancer and addiction, and I'm not sure how anybody who has never experienced either could possibly argue with him.
Posted on: September 9, 2009 8:40 am
Edited on: September 9, 2009 8:44 am
 

Report: Gillispie enters rehab facility


Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie has entered a rehab facility in Texas, according to WYMT.

The station is reporting that Gillispie is at the John Lucas After Care Program in Houston. He was arrested and charged with DUI in Kentucky less than two weeks ago. It marked the third time Gillispie has been cited for a drinking-and-driving-related incident.

Gillispie is from Texas.

Kentucky fired him after two seasons.

He was replaced in April by John Calipari.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 27, 2009 7:41 am
Edited on: August 27, 2009 8:14 am
 

Gillispie charged with DUI in Kentucky


Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie was arrested early Thursday and charged with DUI, according to WLEX-TV .

The station reported Gillispie was pulled over around 2:45 a.m.

As of this morning, he was still being held in the Franklin County (Ky.) jail.

This is the third time Gillispie has been arrested for drunken driving or suspicion of drunken driving. The development could affect his ability to return to coaching for the 2010-11 season considering his drinking has long been a concern for those around him. It contributed, at least to some degree, to his demise at Kentucky, where off-the-court issues combined with on-the-court shortcomings ended his tenure after just two seasons.

Kentucky fired Gillispie after this past season.

John Calipari replaced him.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: May 27, 2009 7:50 pm
Edited on: May 27, 2009 7:54 pm
 

A signed contract sure does make things simpler


In the end, this will be settled out of court.

I would bet $6 million on it.

But either way, I must tell you that it's difficult to watch Billy Gillispie file a lawsuit against the University of Kentucky and not wonder why he let it get to this point, why he didn't simply sign the contract to protect himself and ensure he'd be compensated appropriately. Obviously, Gillispie had his reasons, and I'm sure they made sense at the time. But those reasons have now put him in a position where he's having to sue to get the $6 million he believes he's owed, meaning the strategy has backfired in a potentially costly way.

Translation: Bad decision ... although Gillispie seems to have a decent gripe.

The Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) that Gillispie worked under clearly states that a "termination without cause by the University" will "require a payment of $1.5 million per year for the remainder of the term of the contract, provided the payment for termination without cause [does] not exceed 48 months." That's worth noting because there are examples in the 24-page lawsuit (that can be read by clicking this link ) where Kentucky officials prevented Gillispie from doing things (among them, accepting unauthorized endorsement money) because they were in violation of the MOU, which might make it difficult for the school to now act as if the MOU never mattered. Take that option off the table, and UK is left trying to prove it fired Gillispie with cause. And though the opportunity to replace him with John Calipari, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins probably seems like sufficient cause to Kentucky fans, I'm not sure that rationale will hold up in a court of law.

In other words, Gillispie might be on the right side of this case.

But does he really want this to go to court?

Remember, Gillispie plans to get back into coaching, perhaps as soon as next year. And if he pushes this too far, UK will almost certainly focus on trying to show any and every way he didn't meet the terms of the MOU, real or otherwise, which could get ugly -- the type of ugly where Gillispie wins the lawsuit but in the process renders himself unhirable.

I think that's called winning the battle but losing the war.

So I guess what I'm saying is that Kentucky doesn't need this to go before a judge because it might lose, and Gillispie doesn't need this to go before a judge because he might damage his chances of getting another job. Thus, like I wrote at the top, I believe this will be settled out of court, eventually, and my guess is that Kentucky will pay more than it wants to pay, but Gillispie won't get as much as he wants to get.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:07 pm
 

Billy Gillispie has a stalker

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- I'm all for being a persistent reporter, but some TV guy in Kentucky probably took it too far Friday when he stalked Billy Gillispie through a building in an attempt to get ... actually, I'm not sure what he thought he was going to get. But if the goal was to look like a jerk on camera, well, congratulations are in order because the local TV guy certainly achieved that.

Click this link to see it.

Tell me what you think.

And for all you other coaches out there reading, let me say this: If you're going to fake being on the phone to avoid talking to reporters -- like Gillispie seemed to be doing -- I'd advise you to at least say some words every few seconds. Otherwise, you're just a dude with a phone stuck to your ear, and that looks kind of silly.

Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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