Originally Posted by durl
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?
Not every coach is cordial, and if you think about it, I honestly believe Kentucky fans have been spoiled in that regard, especially the younger generation.
When I say the younger generation, you had Pitino there during the 90's who relished the role. This was a guy who opened a restaurant in Lexington, has wrote books on business success, and has always been a media darling. Then you had Tubby Smith who was the family man who always acted as an ambassador for the program.
Even Eddie Sutton was somewhat cordial. Joe B. Hall might be the best example outside of Pitino, and he is actually the only one who has coached at Kentucky that is from Kentucky. From everything I have read, the press was scared of Adolph Rupp. Rupp won, but he wasn't exactly the best when it came to dealing with the media, and the racial deal didn't exactly further his cause.