Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
A reporter friend of mine and I talked about Gillespie one day with a bunch of folks at a sports bar. Most of them were sports professionals of some kind or another. Three referees happened to be in the same bar. One came over and said he'd done a UK game the week before and the only person on the court who wanted to see Billy Gillespie win was the man himself.
Assistants didn't trust him.
Other coaches didn't like him.
Referees looked for a reason to T him up.
Opposing teams loved to beat him.
His own team HATED him. (It's amazing what many of those players lived with while he was coach at Kentucky.)
Another story-- when Gillespie was hired, same guy was told to do a fluff piece on the local-boy-done-good angle. Called Gillespie's home town to talk to a bunch of people. He had to go through 23 interviews before he could use a decent quote. Most people there hated him too.
He might be the worst major hire in CBB history. He's at least top five.
Worst part is, he didn't learn a thing.
And you defend the AD who hired this buffoon, who obviously didn't do ANY homework and screwed up the one major hire he HAD to get right.