Just as we all expected he would, Mike Pratt was droppin’ knowledge on this morning’s radio show with Matt Jones. Pratt talked about the ins and outs of Kentucky basketball, today’s game vs. his generation, and he spent some time talking about Billy Gillispie and the end of the Clyde era. Some highlights:
— The biggest piece of news Pratt mentioned was his public acknowledgement of something long believed privately, which was that Billy Gillispie called the Texas A&M AD the night before he was introduced at UK and asked for his job back.
— Pratt said that he knew Billy Clyde was the wrong fit from the first practice he watched. He looked at Tom Leach and after watching the way he talked to players, he said “this will never work.”
— A couple of days after the hire, Pratt talked to a friend at Texas A&M who said that there was no way Billy Clyde could handle the Big Blue Nation fans and he would do none of the “ambassador”-type parts of the job. That ended up correct.
— He said that he believes Mitch Barnhart made the decision to terminate Gillispie before the SEC Tournament, the time that I had long believed it to have taken place.
There is much more in the interview and it all takes place in Hour 2…check it out: