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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  • by n/a on Mar 31, 2009 at 12:38 AM
    why would ky. want to embarass themseves by asking b. donovan to come to ky. after he flat out refused in 2007. have you no pride?
  • by jim Location: richmond on Mar 30, 2009 at 07:03 AM
    Too bad they didn't fire Tood and Mitch. That would of been a good start. Too much outside bunk to the coaching job.
  • by Wilson on Mar 30, 2009 at 04:47 AM
    Barn-yard is the one that needs the axe.
  • by ellen Location: frankfort,ky. on Mar 29, 2009 at 06:21 PM
    why not give billy at least 1 more year to let him step up and make things before they fired him. why didn't mitch or todd couchthe boys to see how they do with the players.some times you can't get them to do what you want them todo.tubby had trouble with them also. i do not like allen cutler any more. why did he treat b.g -so dirty he seemed not to like b.g. at all.
  • by kenny Location: martin on Mar 29, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    I think it just wasnt losing games that lead to the firing of Coach G but the way he handled his self on camera and press conferances and taking to much blame for losing games also but just t 2 years to turn a team around is kinda o f hard what did his recrewting look like i didnt get to see but a good point guard was a definetely solution with meeks and paterson if they return.; sorry for misspelling
  • by MY OPINION OF MITCH on Mar 29, 2009 at 03:55 PM
    Billy D is not coming and glad for him. He has good sense and knows that Mitch and Todd will mistreat him. Why can't they work with Billy and bring him back? Get rid of Mitch that is the whole problem. I know an agreement could have been made to reach a decision about his personality, style, etc.
  • by MITCH IS THE PROBLEM on Mar 29, 2009 at 03:52 PM
    I hope they have a hard time finding a new coach because they will get mistreated as well. I agree Mitch is the one that needs to go not Billy. Bring Billy back and let mitch go. Ever since C. M Newton retired, and Mitch was hired, everything has been a mess. I am so sick of that man I will never support that school again. The guys on ESPN even said that the AD is at fault not the coach. I am proud of Billy, his staff, and players and they all need to stay put and show Mitch the door. The fans need to support that decision and get rid of Mitch and bring Billy back.
  • by bug Location: elkhorn on Mar 29, 2009 at 02:04 PM
    a coach is only as good as his players!
  • by Ken Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 29, 2009 at 01:05 PM
    If Billy G. was practising the players hard on a day of a game then he should have been kicked out a long time ago. Every athlete who has ever played at any level knows that you should not exert yourself 24 hours before a game. The guys an idiot - good riddance!! Whoever suggested Kyle Macy is an even bigger idiot! I really can't see anyone with 1/2 a brain wanting the job here anyway - way too high pressure and expection.
  • by Greg Location: west liberty on Mar 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    The best college coach in the business (Rick Pitino) the coach who has taken THREE different schools to a final four, and if he wins this year will to my knowledge be the ONLY coach in history to win the NCAA at TWO different schools, said yesterday that if you ask him who was some of the most up and coming coaches in the profession, he said without a doubt it would be Travis Ford and John Pelphrey. Thats from a man that knows just a little bit about coaching. He went on to say Travis of John would be a perfect fit at UK because of their knowlege of the program and all that went with it. As Pitino said where ever Travis or John were coaching if you cut them open you would find that they still bleed UK blue. Don't be surprised if our next coach has the same name as a popular brand of an automobile. (Travis Ford)
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