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End of the line for Billy G?

By: Steve Moss
By: Steve Moss

With Kentucky's 77-67 loss at Notre Dame, it appears the Billy Gillispie era has come to an end, after just two short years. The coach was in the WKYT studios Thursday morning, taping the Billy Gillispie Show. Dave Baker, filling in for regular host Rob Bromley, who was in transit from South Bend, asked Gillispie about his future in Lexington. Gillispie said he still was unsure of what might happen. The coach, however, appeared at ease, somehow at peace, knowing the decision is out of his hands.

With Kentucky's 77-67 loss at Notre Dame, it appears the Billy Gillispie era has come to an end, after just two short years. 

Athletic director Mitch Barnhart has been bunkered down for the past couple of weeks, sending a clear signal that change is in the air.  UK President Lee Todd has said publicly that an evaluation of the program would come after the season -- let the evaluatin' begin.  Todd told the Lexington Herald-Leader that an announcement on Gillispie's future wouldn't come before Friday.

The coach was in the WKYT studios Thursday morning, taping his final installment of the Billy Gillispie Show.  Dave Baker, filling in for regular host Rob Bromley, who was in transit from South Bend, asked Gillispie about his future in Lexington.  Gillispie said he still was unsure of what might happen.  The coach, however, appeared at ease, somehow at peace, knowing the decision is out of his hands.

"It's been easy for me, because I only think about one thing.  The only difficult thing for me with all the speculation going on is that I make sure the players are okay," Gillispie said.  " I worry about the assistant coaches and their families."

To be fair, Gillispie never has gone public with a plea to save his job.  "You've never heard me try to defend myself on anything.  I just go about it.  I try to be honest." 

Gillispie was asked about the distractions he might have been dealing with, while still trying to coach his team during the last few weeks of the season.  "You have to have great confidence," the coach said.  "I have great confidence in myself and our staff.  It's never bothered me one iota, for one second.  The only thing that has ever bothered me is the worrying about other people."

One of the raps against Gillispie has been his insistence not to deal much with the off-the-court requirements that the UK coach faces.  "It's not a bad rap.  I'm not one of those 'woe is me' kind of guys.  I'm ready to go and what ever happens, you deal with it and move on."

Gillispie made headlines earlier this season during his halftime interviews with ESPN's Jeannine Edwards.  The coach admitted his actions could have been perceived as arrogant.  "When you're honest, sometimes it comes across as being abrasive, arrogant, sometimes some of those things that you really don't want to be portrayed to be.  But when you look at yourself in the mirror every single day, and you know that you've tried to be honest 100 percent of the time in your life, I think it's a pretty good feeling."

You can see The Billy Gillispie Show (possibly the last such) this Sunday on WKYT, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.

 

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