40 years from now, Billy Gillispie is going to be one of those names in UK history that brings along mixed emotions. Very few of them will be positive, although his first team with Bradley and Crawford was one of the most fan favorite teams of the last 15 years. But certainly, there was very little to smile about during his entire tenure, and as stories came out after his firing, those emotions only got stronger. But, after his DUI arrest and rehab appearance, I got the feeling that emotions kinda switched in the fanbase. And then John Calipari turns the program around so quickly, and a couple of Gillispie’s players (Liggins, Miller, and Harrellson) are key players on a Final Four team.
Now I wonder where exactly your emotions stand with Gillispie. On the one hand, his results and treatment of the players have to bring on some anger. But knowing now that he was an alcoholic might bring a sadness emotion to your heart. Plus, now that Gillispie is back into coaching and seemingly turning his life around, maybe the anger has left you and you just feel sad on how things happened in Lexington. If he doesn’t bomb, maybe UK never gets Calipari.
Which emotion is stronger than any other when you think about Billy Gillispie? Now that we are over 2 years removed from that era, has anything changed in your mind and heart? Does the success of the current team, especially in such a quick fashion, soften those hard feelings?