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Billy Gillispie speaks up about Ranger’s sanctions

Joe Robbins | Getty

Joe Robbins | Getty

Joe Robbins | Getty

Billy Gillispie finally broke his silence about his Ranger College’s NJCAA sanctions. Gillispie believes his program was unjustly punished when it was forced to forfeit 31 wins and vacate its fourth-place national tournament finish over its star player, Josh Simmons, returning to school after declaring for the NBA draft, which made him ineligible.

You see, while the NCAA now has a rule allowing players to return to school after declaring for the NBA draft, the NJCAA does not. Simmons was accused of entering the 2013 draft, but Gillispie and Ranger do not believe that to be true. The defense is Simmons’ trainer submitted the draft paperwork without Simmons’ knowledge or permission to do so, therefore Simmons himself did not actually enter the draft.

“The rule that we were alleged to have broken says that an athlete may not enter a professional draft,” Gillispie said. “And we know for a fact that Josh Simmons did not enter the NBA draft.”

Read more in the story from The Dallas News.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

4 Comments for Billy Gillispie speaks up about Ranger’s sanctions



  1. Sentient Third Eye
    4:58 pm October 18, 2016 Permalink

    If BCG is correct, then Ranger ought to have their record reinstated. Punishing a school and a kid for some other guy’s actions is unconscionable.



    • UKPROF
      6:54 pm October 18, 2016 Permalink

      I completely agree with your opinion. I do not care for BCG in any way, however, no one needs to be punished for something they didn’t do. If Billy Clyde’s defense is honest, then the only guilty party is the trainer, so, punish him and give ole Billy Clyde his season back.



  2. oleblue
    5:54 pm October 18, 2016 Permalink

    The governing bodies of college athletics are a joke! So many examples that they need not be listed!



  3. plumloopy
    7:09 pm October 18, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe, but I wouldn’t put it past BCG to justify to himself any defense to win the argument. He’s not arguing that it’s an unjust rule, rather that someone acted on behalf of the player.

    “And we know for a fact that Josh Simmons did not enter the NBA draft.”

    It’s hard to prove a negative and even making this statement makes me suspicious.