University of Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie says he has “no idea” what the future holds for him. “I think we have to learn patience a little bit,” Gillispie told WKYT during the taping of his final weekly television show of the season on Thursday morning.
“As far as where it’s at, that’s not in my hands,” Gillispie told WKYT’s Dave Baker during the taping of “The Billy Gillispie Show” for the Big Blue Network. “Anytime you work for somebody, you’re at their mercy. Everyone has the right to make decisions. The right to make decisions.”
Jodie Meeks scored 21 points Wednesday night but the Wildcats fell 77-67 to Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the NIT. The loss is likely to increase speculation about the coach's job security
After Wednesday’s NIT loss, Gillispie says discussion about his future with the Wildcats wasn't a distraction in the game with Notre Dame. Instead, Gillispie says he was most worried for the players and “then I worry about the assistant coaches and their families. You never heard me trying to defend myself. I just go about it. I try to be honest, do ever single thing I can in an honest way and sometimes people are going to agree with that and sometimes they are not.”
Gillispie, who is 40-27 in two seasons at Kentucky, says he’s proud of the team’s efforts this past season but understands disappointment about the Wildcats not making the NCAA tournament for the first time in 25 years.