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Billy Gillispie doing well with “the best job he’ll ever have”

Tommy Wells | Ranger College

Billy Gillispie is the living, breathing punchline of several Kentucky basketball jokes. To some, Billy Gillispie is a basketball joke. Gillispie is even a curse word in some circles around the Bluegrass.

But today, let’s be proud of a man who appears to have turned things around for the good, loving life and making a difference in a new situation.

That is the new Billy Gillispie — the head coach at his alma mater, Ranger College, in a small Texas town. It’s nowhere near the job he had in Lexington, but it seems to be the perfect job for him.

In an article for The Dallas Morning News, we learn Gillispie is making $108,000 per year as Ranger’s head basketball coach and athletic director. It’s a job he loves and plans to keep as long as he can.

“This is the best job I’ve ever had,” he said. “This is the last job I’ll ever have. I’ve never been happier.”

According to Ranger College President Bill Campion, Gillispie uses his own money to travel for recruiting, and he personally covered most of the bill for refurbished locker rooms and dorms.

“He’s already put more of his money into the college than that,” said Campion, referring to Gillispie’s $108,000 salary.

It’s good to know UK’s former coach landed back on his feet and in a good place after three years off the grid, following very tough times at Kentucky and Texas Tech. He’ll always have a bad reputation around here, deservedly so, but it’s okay for us to be happy that he bettered himself and he is making a positive difference.

Read more about Gillispie and his new life at Ranger College here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

22 Comments for Billy Gillispie doing well with “the best job he’ll ever have”



  1. BobKYCats
    11:24 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Good for him; I hope he has success there.



  2. nybrasky
    11:33 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    I hope for the young men who play for him’s sake that it works out well for them, but can’t help but think a leopard can’t change its spots. So, while today, a month from now, and even a year from now things may go well, I can’t help but think at sometime in the future he will revert to the destructive ways. I hope I’m wrong for his player’s sake.



  3. bigpops
    11:38 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    When Stoops leaves without any success are you going to do a punchline story on him too?



    • Booby Petrino
      12:21 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      Billy is a punchline because of the way he treated people..players, fans, UK admin. Stoops is not a drunk, disrespectful jerk so no, there is no comparison, troll.



  4. J-Dub421
    11:40 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    So basically, UK is paying for Ranger College’s upgrades.



    • catdaddyd
      11:54 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

      My thoughts exactly.



    • UK1983
      1:04 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      amen. and lots of other things i am sure.



  5. Long Dong Silver
    11:41 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Our IT guy at work reminds me so much of Gillispie. He has 4 arrests for stalking women and 2 DUIs. Same shitty attitude.



  6. bbn4LIFE
    11:45 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Billy g didn’t have what it takes and that’s ok. 99% of people couldn’t do this job. Good luck to him and his players.



  7. bbn4LIFE
    11:45 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    He was too busy banging his players chick’s lmao



  8. DrSayre
    11:56 am November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Let’s not be too hard on Gillispie… had he not came here and failed, we wouldnt have Calipari now!



    • RUPPS.rhetoric
      12:28 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      I’ve been saying this for years. Without Billy, there is no Cal.



  9. chimichanga
    12:06 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    “This is the last job I’ll ever have.”

    This is almost certainly true, for better or for worse.



  10. inside info2
    1:14 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    In the immortal words of America’s greatest President, George W Bush: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”



  11. jonthes
    1:19 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Are we to assume he’s not abusing his players as he did at UK and TT?



  12. halobrad
    1:25 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Sold out, capacity crowd.



  13. WestCoastCat
    2:39 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Good for him. All’s well that ends well. Because of that fiasco we got Cal at just the right time to capitalize on John Wall. No Gillespie, who knows where we would be; probably without Cal.



  14. Biglaw Dawgin'
    2:44 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Why would he say it’s the “last job he’ll ever have” only 5 months into the gig? He’s 56 years old. He’s making $108k, which is about 10% of what he could be making in 2-3 years (if he learns how to use Uber). No way he stays there forever. He certainly hasn’t changed his philosophy of speaking before thinking.



    • inside info2
      3:34 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      He may be serious. Something about him cannot handle the big stage. He is an extreme introvert and is uncomfortable around people (unless we are talking about co-ed girls). He may actually keep this job for awhile. Or at least lower profile, under the radar jobs of small colleges.



  15. bigpops
    3:43 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

    Billy G won at UTEP…he won at Texas A&M…this website proclaimed his as the best hire in all of college basketball…and he bought me a beer once! Stoops has won nowhere and never will – call me a troll or whatever you want but facts are facts. Our football coach is horrible and Billy G is long gone.



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:23 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      troll



    • UK Big Board Update
      4:24 pm November 17, 2015 Permalink

      Your opinions ≠ facts