Friday, March 27, 2009

University of Kentucky Head Coach Billy Gillispie Fired

I thought Gillispie should have been given another year. Steve Lavin commented on ESPN News that Billy Gillispie could be a good fit on a local stage, but not on the national stage.
The University of Kentucky announced Friday that Billy Gillispie is out as men's basketball coach.

The school scheduled a news conference for 4:30 p.m. to discuss the coaching change. UK is not planning immediately to announce the hiring of a new coach.

Kentucky assistant coach Glynn Cyprien was seen leaving the UK basketball offices after the announcement, carrying a box of office supplies. He said the coaching staff had been ordered to leave by 5 p.m.

The widely anticipated move ended a two-season tenure marked by surprising losses and an over-riding perception that Gillispie was not the "right fit" for UK.

The parting of ways came after Gillispie met with UK President Lee Todd and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart. After the meeting, the players were told.

Gillispie had a record of 40-27, a winning percentage of .597. That was the lowest winning percentage for a UK basketball coach since Basil Hayden had a 3-13 record in 1926-27.
The press conference is starting soon.

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