New Kentucky basketball coach Billy
Gillispie pledged Thursday that the Wildcats will have "the
absolute best staff in the country" once he's finished assembling
Gillispie, appearing at his first official news conference since
the one Friday that introduced him as coach, acknowledged that one
potential assistant under consideration is Jeremy Cox, who coached
under him at Texas A&M.
He said he also is open to hiring a coach with Kentucky or
Southeastern Conference ties if he can find the right person.
Regardless, all of his assistants will be versed in all facets of
the coaching process, Gillispie said.
"We won't have just a recruiter," Gillispie said. "We won't
have just an academics guy. We won't have guys who are only good in
the area of skill development. We'll have guys who are
In just a few meetings with the returning players, Gillispie
says the personnel is even better than he expected.
"We've had three real short workouts," he said. "They've been
fantastic. I've really been excited about some things I've seen
that I didn't know where present."