Kentucky Madness — Rumors of the end of the Gillispie Era

rumors

They’re out there. Thousands of folks running around. Rumor mongers galore.

I’ve heard that Gillispie is out as soon as he loses the last game of the year.  Because everyone or most everyone is convinced that he will lose.  Probably to Creighton.

Miller, Meeks and Patterson will transfer or go to the NBA if Gillispie returns.  Liggins is gone.  Mike Porter is going to graduate early and leave no matter what happens because of family issues.  His wife is about to have their baby and Mike needs to get a job and support his family.  

Calipari is already on board

Pitino is in the wings waiting.  But he might be on his way to Arizona as well.

Donovan has changed his mind [again] and wants to create his own Camelot.

90% of the Big Blue Nation is supposed to want Billy G gone at year end.

A Big time Booster who owns a bank or two is financing the buyout of Billy and the hiring of Calipari.  Calipari supposedly wanted to come last time but was blocked by his contract and boosters at Memphis.  This time.  Nothing stands in his way.

I have no idea what is going to happen.  G is still recruiting as if he is staying.  The JUCO kid, Konner, just signed and he’s supposed to be the real deal.  Instant Impact.  As opposed to flighty JUCOs Galloway and Harrelson.

There are so many rumors floating out there that I can’t keep up with them.  Bloggers are going crazy.  Sportswriters are swearing that he’s gone.  Bromley, Bozich, Seth Davis have all come out stating that G is as good as gone.  Citing “sources close to the program” or “sources within the program.”

And it’s not that Billy G is losing at a clip that makes Tubby look like a winner in his last two years.  It’s that Billy G doesn’t seem to understand the role of a Kentucky Coach.  He seems to think that he can coach and play his X’s and O’s and it ends there.  He doesn’t seem to understand that he’s expected to BE the program.  He’s supposed to kiss babies and shake hands and represent the program in the news.  He’s got to glad hand the boosters and give autographs.

Then there are the rumors that he’s all over the parties on campus doing his best Bruce Pearl impression.  These rumors are completely unbelievable.  In this age of instant celebrity and sleuthing/outting via Youtube and webcams and cellphone cams and video recorders, there would be a record of any shenanigans.  Thus far, NADA.  Not a single video or picture of a drunken Billy pawing on College Frosh at Sorority or Fraternity parties.  Not a single pic of a sloshed Billy G.  Not one.

But that doesn’t stop morons from spreading the rumors or the gullible masses from believing every and anything that they hear concerning these rumors.  It seems that some people live to tell.  And the rowdier the rumor, it seems the more people are willing to believe it.

Come Monday, we’ll see.

If Billy goes up to Omaha and his boys lose, next week is judgement week.  The dirty truth comes out.  

Will he resign?

Will deep pocketed Boosters buy him out and bring in a big name like Calipari?

Is Pitino the “once and future” coach of the Cats?

Will Donovan pull a Roy Williams and come the second time he’s asked?

I have no idea.  We’ll know soon enough.

My favorite rumor is this gem from you tube:

DUI got caught drinking with ramel bradley while he was a senior last year… tisk tisk silly redneck i guess thats what you’d expect from a school with a hick tradition like kentsucky.

uhoh

Tubby and Pitino in Phoenix

In 1997, Pitino left the University of Kentucky to take the head coaching position at the Boston Celtics.  One of the most storied programs in NBA history.  12 Championships (now).  More stars came out of Boston than the Milky Way.  Russell and Bird to name the greatest.

Almost ten years later, Tubby Smith, Pitinos successor, leaves UK for…Minnesota.  Yes, Minnesota.  The Golden Gophers.  HUH?

Most UK fans didn’t mind that Pitino left for the Celtics.  He was going to a storied program.  He was being paid handsomely.  HUGELY.  He was off to his next challenge.  AND…people were a little put off by his constant flirtations with the NBA.  Some suspected that these flirtations were hurting recruiting.  There is probably some truth here as his final recruiting class had one commit.  J.P. Blevins who had committed when he was in 8th grade.

Pitino left.  Smith stepped in.

Ten years later.  Smith leaves for the Golden Gophers.  It would be funny if it weren’t so sad.  Why did he leave?  Because he couldn’t handle the pressure?   Because he could not meet the expectations of running an elite program?  He could not get to the Final Four on his own.  16 or 17 years of Coaching and his championship team was created by another coach.  The man can not recruit a complete team.  He can’t coach talent.  Tubby Smith takes talent and clamps it to the floor.  He can take decent talent and put together decent teams.  But when those decent teams ran into real talent, the inevitable occurred.  They lost.

So Tubby took his sorry act to Minnesota who paid handsomely for his services.

And now, Kentucky has these damned Smith fans, who constantly make stupid comments like this:

Originally Posted by cumberlandredskin View Post
Here’s a link to the entire article. One thing that may bring some interest is that Minnesota will play Louisville in Phoenix this season. I wonder who UK fans will be rooting for in this one?

http://www.kentucky.com/825/story/492790.html

post by JayB:  Minnesota….True fans will anyways

Louisville will play Minnesota in Phoenix, Arizona.  I’m hoping that the Gophers and Smith are humiliated.  Smith is the greater traitor in UK history.  The man spent the better part of the his last season planning his escape to Minnesota.

I won’t go into all of the old Tubby arguments or the reasons that Smith is a loser when it comes to his final dealings with UK and his former players (December contacts, no contact with his guys at UK after he left even after they had attempted to contact him).  It’s well documented even if some refuse to acknowledge.

As a Kentucky fan there will never come a day that I will cheer for a “Ten Loss Tubby” coached team.   For a UK fan to hold Orlando “TLT” Smith in great esteem is a slap in the face to the University of Kentucky.  Let these fools go root for the Gophers and leave UK fans in peace.

So, here’s to the Gophers being crushed and Pitino tripping and falling on his face on the way to the postgame handshake.  lol