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A History of Violence

Give Aragorn a brown suit, and he’d be the BCG who made his family run the stairs

The recent stories from Billy Gillispie’s short tenure at Texas Tech are both horrific and unsurprising. Even for Billy, these accusations of causing severe bodily injury to players without a second though and of causing players to eat $1,000 place tickets for fear of losing their scholarship are over the top. Some of the anecdotes were hilarious (making media members run the stairs?), but mostly, this seems to be the case of a sad coward of a man on a power-trip.

Which makes one wonder: how does such a bully find success and come into high-level jobs? Unfortunately, there seems to be a historical trend of ill-meaning bullies gaining power. See for yourself…

A History of Violence: Bullying through the ages, Clyde-style.

Caligula (Roman Emporer, 37 AD- 41 AD) – Going by the nickname “Little Boots” (rumor has it that the college girls in lexington had a different ‘little’ nickname for BCG), Caligula ruled for only a short period. During this time, he committed terrible acts against his people, including quickly killing anyone who insulted or mocked him. He even came down with an illness many blame on his extravagant indulgences in food, wine, and sex. Hmm, that sounds familiar

– Atilla the Hun (Head Hun, 434-453) – With small eyes and tan skin like Clyde’s, Atilla conquered lands using harsh force. Despite being feared, he  could not, however take Constantinople and truly accomplish dominance, just as BCG had success at a marginal level but never got near the promised land. His own arrogance left his armies exhausted by the time they reached the necessary final battles.

Genghis Khan (raging Mongol, 1206-1227) – Known for spreading his seed amongst many females across the many areas he ruled, Genghis fell off his horse like a drunken baffoon (okay, he probably fell from battle wounds and exhaustion), and eventually died. Some say there was a “strong fruity smell” coming from his person when he finally met his demise.

Napoleon Bonaparte (midget French ruler, 1804-1815) – Few know this, but former walk-on Dusty Mills modeled his whole life-philosophy after Napoleon’s. One can see why Clyde took a liking to Dusty at first, but he quickly turned on him just as many turned on Bonaparte. And like Napoleon, BCG got locked up for his actions once by getting fired at Kentucky, only to turn around and commit the same actions later and seal his fate.

Mike Ditka (Chicago Bears coach, 1982-1992) – Some bullies don’t need to kill people to find power — they just need to win a few sport-ball games and convince rich people they are good for business. Enter Mike Ditka. *angry yelling ensues*

Bobby Knight (IU basketball coach 1971-2000, professional asshole 1940-present) – The General is the epitome of the coach-bully who becomes idolized by some and despised by others. While there was a time I respected the man for his coaching, it has become clear that he is a bitter bully.

Looking back through history shows us that bullies like Billy Gillispie have been able to rise to power through sheer force (read: winning) and convincing those who control their fate that they need to be kept around. Some folks have been willing to overlook their bullying tactics, but in the end, it seems those ugly actions always rear their head and cause the bully’s destruction.

I once felt bad for BCG, but he’s proven that he isn’t a good human being. Hopefully other coaches, or their bosses, with the same problem see the writing on the wall and save these kids from being subjective to this all in the name of a game.

Article written by Chris Thomas

21 Comments for A History of Violence

  1. Yep
    5:39 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Yep BCG is a pure asswhole in the extreme. Barnhart is just the same as for hiring him.

  2. Tim
    5:44 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget Mitt Romney. The guy and his friends held a kid down and cut his hair. If that’s not a bully, there’s no such thing.

  3. zack
    5:48 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink


  4. Cliff Hawkins
    6:00 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink


  5. zack
    6:03 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    thanks cliff!

  6. PAK
    6:10 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Texas a&m. Thought it was tech???

  7. Newt
    6:17 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Really hate to be ‘that guy’, ’cause I get that you all aren’t journalists and that this isn’t the daily edition of some by-gone era newspaper…you guys need a proof-reader/editor or somethin’ before you post. 1st paragraph’s all kinds of awful. And Ditka’s done too much for charitable organizations and to help retired players to ever be on a list with these scumbags.

  8. Roy McAvoy
    6:20 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like BCG will have plenty of time for night golf shortly. PTI ripped him a new A$$!

  9. Nice Guy
    6:25 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    Joker will never be a bad guy, he gives ice cream to players and takes them swimming! Yeaaaahhh! Gooooo Cayuts!!!

  10. timothy
    6:26 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    pretty stupid article.

  11. timothy
    6:27 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    and it’s Tech not A&M. Don’t you guys ever have other folks proof your post?

  12. Roy McAvoy
    6:31 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    timothy = BCG’s soiled boxer’s

  13. nassau65
    6:39 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    texas A & M? he moved again?

  14. uk
    7:07 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    a&m? i thought it was tech. jk i already read everyone els saying that.

    did you all hear the new rumer from tech players? aparently theres talk that he chemically caste rated a player that called him out in practice, he did it by putting pills in the water. incase you dont know what castrating , is quite bluntly,when you take away the function of the testicles

  15. BigBlue
    8:00 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    I do think it is hilarious that somehow the managers and broadcast people were made to run stairs if they messed up a layup drill!!!
    BCG is like Gary Busey…he is nuts.

  16. UK Snuggie
    9:03 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    What a waste of time. The banner of “the most ridiculous manner possible” apparently gives free reign to any person with a keyboard who fancies themselves a comedian to subject the Big Blue Nation to banal drivel and expect to be hailed as a hero. Don’t give up your day job or leave university early because you do not have a future in comedy, or in writing for that matter.

  17. Stevie Ray
    10:37 pm September 5, 2012 Permalink

    And then there’s Dale Earnhardt (Sr.). Yea, I’m sure you guys think he’s all that but, to me, another word for Intimidator is Bully. And, in his case, his arrogance got him killed.

  18. Phyllis Abbott
    1:16 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    The Tyler girl is worse, but I agree that the site has gone to the dogs as far as any semblance of grammar and punctuation, and accuracy. I also noted that in writing about the world class education you get at UK, used the word affect when the proper word was effect. Somebody pointed it out in the comments, and instead of fixing the error, the admin guys opted instead to take the comment down.
    This is where the “Kentuckians are uneducated” stuff comes from.
    Even Matt’s stuff is often ill-proofread.
    Come on guys! It’s your own native tongue, and you are representing a university!
    17, you know nothing about NASCAR, and I was not an Earnhart fan.

  19. Frank
    7:38 am September 6, 2012 Permalink


  20. Frank
    7:39 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    AWESOME article that is

  21. Greg
    8:31 am September 6, 2012 Permalink

    I think that throwing Attila in with Bobbie is a bit extreme.