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Gillispie out at Kentucky? Travis Ford on deck?

by John Helsley Published: March 27, 2009
A sign supporting University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie has been placed in front of Memorial Coliseum on the Avenue of Champions on the UK campus in Lexington, Ky., Friday, March, 27, 2009.  A decision concerning Gillispie's coaching future could come as early as today from the University. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff
A sign supporting University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie has been placed in front of Memorial Coliseum on the Avenue of Champions on the UK campus in Lexington, Ky., Friday, March, 27, 2009. A decision concerning Gillispie's coaching future could come as early as today from the University. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

A sign supporting University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie was put up in front of Memorial Coliseum on the UK campus. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER

The rumors continue to swirl about Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie’s future in Lexington.

Friday morning, the Lexington Herald Banner reported one of Gillispie’s assistant coaches was seen cleaning out his office on Thursday. He wouldn’t say why.

The Herald also reported a press confrence was expected Friday concerning Gillispie’s future.

So, what does all this mean for Oklahoma State fans? Nothing yet, but it wouldn’t hurt to brace yourself.

Before Gillispie was hired two years ago, Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart got shot down several times when he contacted coaches about the job. Florida’s Billy Donovan? Nope. Villanova’s Jay Wright? Nope. Texas’ Rick Barnes? Nope.

Some say Barnhart was aiming too high, going for elite coaches.

So, was there a lesson learned? Could he go right after a guy like Travis Ford — a guy that would jump at the chance to coach his alma mater — instead of shooting for coaching stars?

Here’s a couple other links to items on Gillispie and Ford:

* ESPN’s Pat Forde says there’s plenty of blame to go around in this deal.

* Here’s a look at Gillispie’s “Memorandum of Understanding” at Kentucky. He never signed his contract. Oh, check out the part about his buyout. $1.5 million per years left on his seven-year contract. By my math that’s a cool $6 million Billy Clyde could be taking home.

* The USA Today had a quick item on Bill Self defending Gillispie.

– Ryan Sharp, Asst. Sports Editor


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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