Originally Posted by cumberlandreds
A coach in a big time program like UK Basketball has to play the schmoozing game a little bit with the high rollers. Like Blimpie said if you don't its nearly the same as career suicide. The only way you can get away with not doing it is win and win big. So far BG hasn't done that. It doesn't matter to them if he hasn't had the players or not.
When you have a high-profile program with avid fan support, a coach had better recognize that he's got to have good PR skills. Billy G. needs to learn that lesson pretty quick.
Honestly, Billy G's infamous "that wasn't in the job description" quote bothered me a lot. Fans of Kentucky basketball (not just those who believe the coach should win every game, every year) invest a lot of their hearts into the program and Billy basically told them he didn't care about them. What coach would tell fans that he feels no responsibility to reaching out to them?
And I do believe it's true that if the Cats were in the NCAA tournament as a top 10 seed a lot of the criticism would not be there, as Gillispie has said. But you're right, cumberlandred, he's not winning enough and his trendline is not in the positive direction. It's not too much to expect to see improvement in the second year of a new administration and Gillispie hasn't delivered on that point. I believe fans have a right to be concerned. I'm not the type to believe we should have a quick trigger-finger when it comes to a coach, but I do believe hanging on for the sake of hanging on can also be bad.
I'm not saying Billy should be let go after the last game this season. Still, if he was let go it wouldn't bother me. If they do retain him, we must see a far better team in 2009-10.