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Billy Gillispie used ineligible player, may have to forfeit games

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Our old pal Billy Gillispie is back in the news today. The former Kentucky coach is now the head coach at Ranger College, a junior college in Ranger, Texas, and according to The Dallas Morning News, the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) just ruled that Gillispie’s team used an ineligible player last season. The player, Joshua Simmons, played in every game last year, averaging 11.4 points and nine rebounds. Ranger College is appealing the decision, but if the ruling stands, they’ll have to forfeit every game in which Simmons played. (So, every game)

Ranger also had to forfeit their first four games of the season due to incomplete paperwork filed by another school on behalf of a transferring player. After those four “losses,” Gillispie’s team went on to win 31 games with a fourth place finish in the NJCAA Tournament, the highest finish in Ranger history.

[Dallas Morning News]

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8 Comments for Billy Gillispie used ineligible player, may have to forfeit games

  1. ukjaybrat
    2:13 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    i read JUST the title and instantly thought you meant he used an ineligible player here and UK was going to have to forfeit games and got REALLY MAD

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    2:23 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    Supposedly, Gillispie responded to the NCAA investigator by asking her if tequila made her clothes fall off.

  3. Bleedblueky
    2:45 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    If this NCAA rule applies, UNC would need to forfeit all their basketball games for the past twenty years LOL 🙂

  4. rickwhitetx
    2:57 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    Dammit Billy! That’s a school my wife went to. Now she’s gonna be pissed at you.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    3:18 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    Do the ends justify the means? This guy….

  6. Rixter
    4:54 pm June 21, 2016 Permalink

    No excuse for that. BCG usually recruits kids as 6th graders, so he had at least 6 years t get that kid’s paperwork in order.