That’s the word I’m hearing from some pretty solid sources.
Actually, I was hearing that Gillispie will not be fired. If G leaves, it’s going to be more of a split due to irreconcilable differences. A mutual decision to part ways. I’m sure there will be a buy out involved.
UK is jumping into the abyss.
I’ve also been told the following:
The player mutiny is nonsense rumor mill tripe. Certainly, there are a couple of players who dislike Gillispie. Meeks and Patterson are NOT those couple of players. Meeks and Patterson are not considering the jump to the League because of Coach G. They support G and are declaring or not declaring based upon their draft status. They will decide based upon real world criteria and not the fantasies of internet rumor mongers and the media. The players who won’t be coming back are guys who shouldn’t be coming back. The Carruth wannabees. Think AJ and Deandre. Team Cancers. From what I’ve been told AJ doesn’t see the purpose or value of an education. He hasn’t lived in his dorm for most of the season. Krebs has been all by his lonesome. Liggins is another problem child. Think that Vegas trip was his only refusal to go in a game. Think again. He’s supposedly done it throughout SEC play as well. Deandre is playing the game right now. The only way that he’ll be back is if he continues his change of attitude. If he doesn’t convince G [or the next coach], he’ll not be returning. Supposedly, he’s been a real challenge this season and I have a hard time understanding why G has put up with it. Don’t be surprised if both AJ and Deandre are sitting on some other bench next year.
Folks who are concerned about the contract and why BCG hasn’t signed it. Some think it’s the clause that sets down the criteria for BCG to be fired. Some think it has to do with charitable contributions and foundations that is the sticking point. Others are saying that it has to do with a “personal life” clause. I’m hearing that such is not the case. Word on the wind is that it’s the same clause that kept Billy D away. Apparently, Mitch wants final say on recruiting offers. He wants final word or veto power concerning recruits. BCG [and most other Coaches who are worth a damn] will not agree to this. Coaches should have final say in recruiting. As long as the guy meets NCAA guidelines, BCG and almost any other coach should have the final say in recruiting. Not the AD. This isn’t the NBA and the AD is not the General Manager. Apparently, Mitch thinks that everyone is as inept a recruiter as TLT. There seems to be more than this but that’s all I got.
Last thing, the media is brewing this storm because of their personal distaste for BCG. My opinion on that is screw the media. Not everyone needs to be at their beck and call and on bended knee. The media does ask stupid questions that are a waste of time. And the media picks it’s heros and it’s villains based upon who kisses up to them. Sycophants like Coach K get all the good press. Any coach who doesn’t kiss their collective asses gets bad press. Wooden was a God. Despite his teams being bought and paid for by a booster. USC gets a free pass in Football. UNLV and UK get burned because Rupp and the towel biter didn’t play their game. Apparently, Matt Jones has a hard on for BCG because Matty was not treated with kid gloves by BCG at an early press conference. If so, Matt has a pretty large ego. He’s a freakin’ blogger. He’s not a real media figure. He’s lucky he gets a media pass. That’s funny, though. Matt Jones was the biggest Tubby Homer on the planet. Almost as big a homer as the guy who runs A Sea of Blue.
On the recruiting front. If BCG is fired, UK better hit a GRAND SLAM on the coaching hire or Daniel Orton is gone. Larry Orton was being polite when he stated that Daniel Orton would reconsider his options if BCG was fired. I’m told that there is no chance that Daniel comes to UK if BCG is not the coach. “Zero. Actually, less than zero.” Is what I’m told.
There is also the tale being told that the UKAA canvassed the players. Asking if they’d return if BCG was fired. I guess they are weighing their options. Fire Billy and these guys leave/stay. Don’t fire Billy and these guys leave/stay. Jockeying for leverage in contract negotiations? Trying to gauge how hard the program will be hit with a BCG firing. UKAA has to know that they will hurt the program by firing BCG this year. Allowing the pressure to build, though, allows them to have maximum leverage in contract negotiations. Playing hardball, I reckon. Mitch not making a statement of support allows the pressure to build. He apparently thinks this will aid him in the negotiations after the season and will allow them to get the concessions they desire. Will Gillispie give that much control over recruiting to the AD. I don’t think any coach would do that. I think Billy G will allow some contract concessions such as making the hand shake circuit and being nicer to the media. But ceding recruiting decisions to the AD, I don’t think it will happen. BCG and any coach that UK will want will walk away from that deal.
The last thing that I’ve heard is that it’s all over. The “that’s not in my job description” statement was the straw that broke Billy’s back. Billy has supposedly been told that he will not be returning next season. The players are said to know as well. But they supposedly “demanded” that he be allowed to coach them through the NIT. The word is that there is an anointed individual in the wings and he’s still in the Tournament now. Calipari? Pitino? Wright? Dixon? I don’t know.
So that’s the latest that I’ve heard. Could all of that be true? If it is, this program is a mess. Perhaps, it’s time to part ways with Mitch unless he has some magic up his sleeve that puts UK in the Final Four in 2010 or 2011. This whole mess is inexcusable. From the TLT departure catching him off guard to the Billy D fiasco to this mess with Billy G. Does Barnhart have a clue? I’m beginning to think that he does not.
Just things I’ve heard around the water cooler. I’m no one to whom anyone should pay any heed. After Kentucky plays the last game of the season, somethings going to happen. I don’t even think G and Mitch knows for certain what that might be. No one else knows for sure either. That’s simply my opinion.