By admin | March 28, 2009
By Jayson D. Henry
On Friday the University of Kentucky surprised no one by relieving head basketball coach Billy Gillispie of his duties. In two years on the sidelines of Rupp Arena the embattled head coach kept watch over a program that had slipped from the ranks of perennial NCAA contender to a team that couldn’t make it to the NIT semi-finals.
Of course, that downward spiral had already begun before Gillispie arrived in the ‘Bluegrass State’. Previous coach Tubby Smith had been so criticized that he opted for the bitter cold of Minnesota over Lexington.
The thing UK must consider very carefully is that they had better get it right with their hire this time around. Whoever they bring in to lead the Wildcat program better be a guy who will be willing to stay and who will be wanted to stay for several years.
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