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…..you 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.