An official FOC (Friend of Clyde) and I spoke this weekend and he told me that our friend Billy the Clyde is has talked with Texas Pan-American about potentially becoming their new coach. According to the FOC, Gillispie has actually talked with the school a couple of times during its coaching search and that there is mutual interest between the two parties. At this time, Texas Pan-American is one of only a couple of schools with a coaching job open and if Gillispie truly wants to be a coach next year, it may be his only option. The school has apparently publically listed four finalists, none of which were Gillispie. But it has hoped for a “big name” that could trump those finalists, and Gillispie might fit the bill. The school is one of the last remaining “Independents” in Division I, is located in the great state of Texas (Edinburg) and apparently likes to burn things. Is Gillispie the man for the job? Well here is the school’s job opening that ran on a number of job posting sites:
The University of Texas – Pan American, an NCAA Division I Institution, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Head Basketball Coach. This is a full-time 12 month position. The incumbent will lead in the organization, management and administration of an NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program. Review of resumes will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Organize and direct all aspects of the NCAA Division I Basketball program. Contest scheduling and event management. Practice and game coaching. Recruiting student athletes. Monitoring of the academic progress of the program’s student athletes. Conditioning and summer camps. Community involvement
Interesting….Clyde may not like the community development part, but besides that, it may be a good fit. One has to think it is a longshot for Gillispie to end up out in that neck of the woods and the smart money says he wont be there. But the man loves to coach, so you never know. But a word of advice to the UTPA fans (both of you) if Clyde indeed comes, load up on Dr. Pepper and dont expect any zone….