While listening to Mitch Barnhart and Lee Todd announce the firing of Billy Gillispie Friday, one statement in particular stood out to me.
A reporter asked the UK Athletics Director if he regretted hiring Gillispie in the first place and Barnhart said no. Say what?
You just fired a man less than two years after offering him the job, but yet you don't regret that decision? Then why are you even firing him?
I'm sure Barnhart was trying to be respectful, but come on! Be honest to the UK fans. That's the least they deserve.
Don't Let The Door Hit You
I read in Sunday's Lexington Herald-Leader about the UK assistant coaches only having 3 hours after Gillispie's firing to clean out their offices.
If you think that's bad, check this out. While Gillispie was packing up his things, he tried to use his swipe card to get back into the Craft Center only to find out that it had been turned off. As you might expect, the former UK coach was a bit peeved. So he went to fire off an e-mail to share his displeasure, but that too had been deactivated.
The Right Kind Of Games
I did not make it to Lexington in time to see or hear any of Billy Gillispie's news conference live. But having read several accounts of the event, it seems as though Gillispie stuck to his guns all the way out the door.
He reiterated that coaching and recruiting are far more important than being a celebrity. I agree with that belief. However, when the first two job requirements fall short of expectations, the third becomes even more important.
I do have one contention with something Gillispie said Saturday. He said he thought he and his staff did a great job during their brief tenure at UK, but they simply didn't win "the right kind of games."
The right KIND of games? What the hell is that?
Did he mean games against Gardner-Webb and VMI?
Did he mean SEC regular season games against Ole Miss and Georgia?
Or did he mean NCAA Tournament games?
Oh wait, my bad. You have to make the NCAA Tournament to win those games.
The Joe Craft Center
Saturday afternoon, I got my first glimpse of the Joe Craft Center. With a $30 million price tag, I fully expected it to be quite the spectacle. I was not disappointed.
Kentucky's basketball practice facility is on par with those of most NBA teams. From the weight room and practice court to the locker room and players' lounge, UK's players have absolutely everything at their disposal.
However, with such access comes the lack of excuses. There is no reason, whatsoever, for the UK program to be this average.
Regardless of who the next coach is, the players need to step up to the level of their facilities. The Craft Center is championship caliber, and those who use it should be as well.