Remember Billy Gillispie? You know, the guy that was the Kentucky coach just one week ago? The Coach who many said was irreplaceable and doomsdayers thought would curse the UK program for at least five years after he was fired? Oh yeah that guy! Whatever happened to him? Well it turns out, not much. After a week in which he was erased out of the mind faster than the replacement Becky on “Roseanne”, Gillispie is gone and likely always to be forgotten. He will be a blip on the UK radar forever and will always be like the one sister’s boyfriend that found his way into the wedding photos and is quickly erased 20 years later. Billy Clyde, we hardly knew ya.
But where does Gillispie go from here. Regardless of all of the issues that surrounded his time here in Lexington, he does have a proven history of basketball success. He said at his press conference that he wants to coach in college basketball next year. So the question becomes, will he be able to find a job and take over a program when the season starts next year.
Well unfortunately for Gillispie, the job market for coaches is not great right now. Normally in a given season, there are 30-40 jobs that come open due to firings or retirement. But this year, the amount of coaches who have been let go is much smaller. After nearly 100 jobs came open in the last two season, this year the coaching vacancies are under 10. Here are the current jobs now open:
Thats it….that is the list. Now obviously Arizona may be off the list soon and USC could replace it, but generally speaking, there arent too many great openings out there. I spoke with someone close to Gillispie right before he left and they said that it was likely that Clyde would take a “lower tier BCS job” if one became available. Well if one considers USC, Arizona and Memphis too high on the totem pole, then that really only leaves Georgia and Washington State. Not exactly a huge selection and I havent heard any credible info leaking Gillispie to either job.
It will be interesting to see where Billy lands. Possibly he could decide to coach at a smaller school….maybe he will be the “player to be named later” in the Matt Pilgrim trade from Hampton. But at this point, seeing Billy at a major program next year seems like a longshot. When Matt Doherty left North Carolina after three years, he had to go all the way to Florida Atlantic in order to restart his coaching career. Maybe Billy Gillispie will have to do the same thing and find himself at a place like Texas-Pan American in order to get his mojo back.