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Billy Gillispie Setting The Bar High Already

If we learned anything about Billy Gillispie while he was the coach at Kentucky – and we learned way more than we ever wanted – it’s that he has high expectations.  Not necessarily for himself, but always for those that he coaches.  They might be exceptionally unrealistic and he might have no lesson or back-up plan for when his pupils fail to reach them, but they’re there.  And guess what?  They traveled with him to Texas Tech too.

In a little article posted on Texas Tech’s website this week, which was aimed at promoting the school’s academic efforts for their athletes, Clyde kicked things up a notch.  He’s not looking to improve the APR.  That’s for chumps.  He’s not trying to just make a little raise on last year’s team GPA.  Only the mentally weak aim that low.  No, Clyde wants A’s.  All A’s.  From everyone.  No exceptions

Men’s basketball head coach Billy Gillispie is pulling out all the stops when it comes to making sure his players take advantage of their educational opportunities at Texas Tech University. He is setting the bar high in his first year in Lubbock by telling the team that he wants to see only A’s on their report cards – no exceptions.

“We don’t want people that want to settle for an average grade,” said Gillispie. “All we talk about is graduation, not eligibility. If you’re on track to graduate, then you don’t have to worry about being eligible.”

If a player ends up not going to the next level in the NBA or elsewhere, Gillispie wants to make sure they are able to have a backup plan.

“We hope that we can bring in good enough players that they have the opportunity to be a professional basketball player,” continued Gillispie. “But I can guarantee you that with a degree, they have a chance to be a professional in some field, so it’s better to be prepared, no matter what the future may hold for these guys.”

I bet the political science teachers love him.  The basketball fans?  That remains to be seen.  Of course, as one person pointed out on Twitter, Clyde might be in great shape if he can just recruit three guys that can make straight A’s and then they can recruit three guys that can make straight A’s and then they can recruit three guys that can make straight A’s and… get the point. 

All jokes aside, the expectation of straight A’s from every player with no exception smells a little fruity.  You know how we say Cal puts stuff out there for recruits and it’s brilliant?  This is pretty much the opposite.  So is Clyde crazy in a good way or still crazy in the sort of way that puts Mark Coury in the starting lineup and tells half the team they aren’t traveling to a game before laughing it off and taking them?

Go America.  Go Cats.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

23 Comments for Billy Gillispie Setting The Bar High Already

  1. Roland
    4:26 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    That pic is in code. Can you de-Sphyer that pic?

  2. The Judge
    4:34 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    This makes me wonder if he’s learned a darn thing.

  3. BigAbes4UK
    4:37 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    3 1 4

  4. Wildcat Willie say
    4:48 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Silicon Valley

  5. Wildcat Willie say
    4:49 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Hugh Hefner castoffs.

  6. Roland
    4:56 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    The one on the left does show some class and is probably real.
    The one in the middle probably has a husband looking to be an assistant bball coach.
    The one on the right is trying to hard. And that dress must be from an assignment store for bridesmaids.

    Is Billy trying to say I am 3 times Sextino?

  7. tdogg4033011
    5:08 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    2) I hear ya, same ole’ Billy

  8. bigdinky2
    5:18 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Crazy is as crazy does.

  9. Jason
    5:19 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Man, he’s good. He’s got to be completely mind effing those Texas Tech fans like he did us. It’s like a trick he does. We were completely under his spell for quite a long time. I feel bad for the Tech fans. Both of them.

  10. HereForTheLulz
    5:19 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    6. That is Hugh Heffner and his 3 ex-girlfriends.

  11. bigdinky2
    5:23 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    In reference to the #8 quote: Just because someone looks crazy, does not mean they are crazy. Clyde always looked crazy. Then he becomes coach at UK. Then he has all these pictures with all these women. Make me coach and I’ll take two years of crazy anytime.

  12. yeahright
    5:25 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Terrible Photoshop job. Look at Hugh’s old neck, and the difference in color from the neck to the face. Wait, why am I’m looking at BCG, when I could look at plastic?

  13. Roland
    5:32 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    10. At least it wasn’t a pic from after a game at Tally-Ho’s. So your sayin It was a pic from Hef-Ho’s. Is ex’s made plenty of sex tapes but never heard of one with Hef in one. VERY strange.

  14. Roland
    5:33 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    His ex’s NOT “is ex’s”.

  15. Roland
    5:35 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    duh me and it is tolly-ho.

  16. Steve
    6:01 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Did Clyde bone Alex Legion’s girlfriend, and is the reason he hired Jasper as a graduate assistant because he has designs on his girlfriend as well?

  17. manbearpig
    6:16 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Billy G knows all about A’s esp. AA

  18. STEVE!
    6:51 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    I want to see Billy succeed in a big way at Texas Tech so it will make Bobby and Pat Knight look even MORE incompetent!

  19. oldkentucky
    8:48 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    I want Billy to do well in his new coaching job.

  20. oldkentucky
    8:50 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    I want ro see Billy Clyde do well in his jnhew coaching job. He is far superior to Bobby Knight.

  21. Immature
    11:39 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Must be a slow day at KSR. We should let the BCG joke die its getting old. Let’s look forward and stop with the immature jokes.

  22. uk9698
    11:58 pm July 4, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like photo shop to me?

  23. bigdinky2
    3:16 pm July 5, 2011 Permalink