Pep Rally and News Conference for Introduction of New Coach

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The University of Kentucky has a basketball coach today and he's to be introduced this afternoon.

A source close to the story tells the Associated Press that Billy Gillispie was hired as Kentucky's sixth coach in the last 76 years today to succeed Tubby Smith, who has moved on to Minnesota.

Gillispie led Texas A-&-M to the N-C-A-A tournament's round of 16 this year for the first time since 1980. He's to be introduced at a 12:15 p-m (eastern time) pep rally at Memorial Coliseum followed by a 12:45 news conference.

The Wildcats turned to Gillispie after Florida's Billy Donovan decided to stay with the Gators. The team also had permission to talk with Texas' Rick Barnes, who indicated he wasn't interested.

Gillispie has 100 victories and 58 losses in five seasons as a head coach. He spent the last three years with the Aggies, molding the longtime also-ran into a Big 12 power. Texas A-&-M went 27-and-7 this season.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by joe harris Location: georgetown on Jan 29, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    billies team is lookin good
  • by connie Location: paintsville on Apr 6, 2007 at 07:40 PM
    Billy G. I think will be good for Ky just hope he doesn't get ran out of town if the nets aren't cut in 2 or 3 years. Good luck Billy. You better be tuffer that nails.
  • by BARB Location: DRY RIDGE on Apr 6, 2007 at 02:28 PM
    I HOPE THE FANS HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR BILLY G. THAN THEY HAD FOR TUBBY. GOOD LUCK TO THE NEW COACH
  • by Larry Location: Beattyville on Apr 6, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    I THINK KENTUCKY PICKED A GREAT COACH. GATORS TAKE NOTICE, THE BIG BLUE NATION IS BACK.
  • by Stephanie Location: College Station on Apr 6, 2007 at 12:12 PM
    I was disappointed to see Coach Gillispie leave so soon. I did not feel that he had finished what he started at Texas A
  • by Dave B. Location: Independence, Ky on Apr 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM
    I love his passion for basketball. I think he can relate to what basketball means to Kentucky fans because he feels the same way about the game. I can't wait for Midnight Madness!!!!
  • by Kirk Miller Location: Lexington on Apr 6, 2007 at 11:24 AM
    First of all GREAT site and very much appreciated. Outstanding coverage today. Love the hire! Finally a coach that speaks slow enough for us to understand.
  • by mary martins Location: pembroke, ky on Apr 6, 2007 at 11:12 AM
    Thank you Billy Donovan! Thank you for turning down Kentucky and giving us a chance to return to greatness with Coach Billy Gillispie! It looks like we finally have a coach whose passion for the game matches that of its fans.
  • by Deena Stewart Location: Ashland, KY on Apr 6, 2007 at 10:57 AM
    I am thrilled that we have Coach Gillispie! I just hope that the KY fans, who are way too fanatic, will give him a chance to coach the way he wants, not the way we think he should. I hope he knows what he is getting into and God help him!!
  • by FAYE Location: HAZARD KY on Apr 6, 2007 at 10:44 AM
    I THINK WE HAVE GOTTEN A GOOD COACH.HE IS VERY EXCITING AND INTERESTING TO LISTEN TO. I AM GLAD THAT BILLY D DID NOT COME TO KY. I THINK WE HAVE GOTTEN THE BEST NOW
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