Hop on board.
Billy Gillispie has been burning up the recruiting trail lately and things might heat up a little more thanks to the UK Athletics Association. Last week, the UKAA Board of Directors completed their budget for 2008-2009 and approved for the first time funding to be used on a plane recruiting travels. This is definitely great news for the coaching staff but, sadly, is actually only allowing them to catch up to two-thirds of the SEC, who already have private planes.
The only dispute now is whether or not the plane will be purchased or leased and UK President Lee Todd is putting his foot down on the purchase. In the end, the school expects to use the plane for 100-150 hours per year, each of which will cost $4,000, and Todd said he doesn’t see it as a strain on the budget because it will alleviate other travel-related expenses. Also, the plane will be available to both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and that resurgent team that won back-to-back Music City Bowls.
First the Craft Center. Now this. I’d say a pretty easy job is getting a little easier for all of the guys who’s paycheck depends on getting talent and winning games. Solid move by the Athletics Association.