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We Continue on ‘As the Clyde Turns’


Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for Billy Clyde, they did. To the surprise of absolutely no one,  Billy Gillispie is now on indefinite sick leave.  This is not an official leave of absence, he is using sick days that he has built up.  This was not to the dismay of Jordan Tolbert. 

Today in a phone interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz, Texas Tech’s leading scorer Jordan Tolbert says that he wants no part of being on a team coached by Billy Gillispie.

“I don’t. Maybe I would for the assistants. I haven’t put that much thought into it. There is a big sense of urgency. I don’t want to play for him if he comes back.”


Players have obviously disliked Gillispie in the past and spoken publicly of their mistreatment, but only after their playing careers were over. We’ve heard Mark Krebs and Perry Stevenson voice their displeasure and tell stories about their former coach. To me what is interesting about this is that it is a CURRENT PLAYER speaking out against him.  Chances are he’s not the only player with this sentiment. I’ll be interested to see if any other players go public with their feelings.


If Gillispie is somehow kept on as coach, could we see a mass exit from the Red Raiders basketball team. There is almost no chance that Tolbert and Gillispie could or would be able to co-habitate. It was rumored that few players from Gillispie’s last team at UK would have stayed for his third year. If Gillispie is kept, we could get to see what could have happened in Lexington a few years ago.


It was already looking bleak for Gillispie’s chance at a return, but now that his leading scorer says he doesn’t want to play for him it would unbelievably difficult for Texas Tech to keep him.


As for Tolbert’s thoughts on the upcoming season, he says:


“We still can be good, but we do need a coach.”


Yes, Jordan. Yes you do.  Maybe Tom Penders is still interested.


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Article written by Aaron Flener

John, I was first team All-State. I can put the ball anywhere I want to. I'll make it rain out here.

12 Comments for We Continue on ‘As the Clyde Turns’

  1. UKGuy
    5:06 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Billy Clyde is pulling a Yelton

  2. 15 seconds
    5:11 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    It’s never ever good idea for a player to call out his current coach to THE MEDIA. No matter how bad he is. That should be stated to the AD etc. He’ll have a hard time getting a pro contract.

  3. Mark
    5:17 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    2. Yeah, because NO players ever call out their coach in the NBA!!! Puulleeease!!!

  4. Fortunata
    5:18 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Tolbert is a punk who expects Gillispie to let him do whatever he wants, and has turned half the team against his own coach. Coach might be a tough love kinda guy, but Tolbert needs to play in a dress.

  5. UKBlue
    5:27 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Billy is too much of a legal liability for the school to be able to keep him even if they wanted to keep him, Billy is bye bye.

  6. BBN
    5:43 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Would be ironic if Penders did indeed get that call.

    Can’t wait to hear a story about a player whoop’n bcg’s azz, please let this happen.

  7. jumpman78
    5:49 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Yawn…another BCG story. Good work KSR, good work.

  8. jwill
    5:51 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    hey people, cut the guy some slack, he’s probablly got a hold of a bad DR. PEPPER or a stale pack of NABS. that can get ugly real quick. :0

  9. I say
    5:58 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    #6 that would be crazy! I’m. It wishing it on the poor guy but that would be hilarious.

  10. I say
    5:59 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Not wishing*

  11. Big Blue B-Rad
    6:21 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    This might be a dumb question, but who is tom penders?

  12. Amaze Pants
    6:40 pm September 10, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s what I don’t get: how can BCG go on “indefinite” sick leave when he has a finite amount of accrued sick days?