Locals React to UK Coach Decision

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

There was mixed reaction in eastern kentucky about Gillispie's dismissal. It was the talk of the town in Hazard.

Roy Combs says, "Nobody wants to see Coach Gillispie lose his job, but it had to be done."

Some people say his time was up, like Ronnie McIntosh, "The record speaks for itself. Ending up in the NIT, no... we should have at least gone to the NCAA!"

Others says Gillispie is just what the team needed. "Whenever they come off to the side, Gillispie pulls them out and gives them some sort of talk, some sort of chit chat, coaching him, 'You need to this better, you need to be back down on the block'," says Wesley Russell.

But some say he coached too hard, wearing out the players before the games. "Game day practices were a big problem that a lot of people had with him, concerned about the players getting fatigued," says Combs.

Now eyes are focused on the future as the rumors swirl about a new coach.

"I would love to see Billy Donovan come, but I'm really glad to see Gillispie go," says McIntosh.

"I don't have any clue, I support UK no matter who the coach is, no matter who the players are, I'll be cheering them on no matter what," says Combs.

As Kentucky's search for a new coach begins, fans will just have to wait and see what happens next.

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