Kentucky Wildcats, Billy Gillispie Still Attached for Now

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2009

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 28:  Head coach Billy Gillispie of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts during the SEC game against the LSU Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 28, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
This Kentucky-Billy Gillispie rumor has created a media wildfire that has burned out of control. As A Sea of Blue reports, it seems as if the media has reached a consensus

that Gillispie will be shown the door—just two seasons after his NIT run.

If this happens, what impact does it have for UK? After forcing out a very good coach who took UK to a Final Four in Tubby Smith, the Blue would have again forced out a coach after two seasons (granted, I can’t disagree with the Gillispie decision).

How much job security does a future UK coach feel he has? Furthermore, how much extra pressure does this add to an immensely pressure-filled job? Not very much job security, and a whole lot of pressure!

Gillispie has made comments that he “loves Kentucky” but obviously he has no bearing on the decision. No official comments at all have been issued by the athletic department, which means without doubt that there is, in fact, a decision to be made.

I’m on the fence. At first I didn’t believe UK would have the guts to let Gillispie go, even after an embarrassing year in Kentucky terms. But with the size and popularity of this rumor, I’m thinking he might be leaving.

In addition, rumor—and ESPN—has it that VCU’s Anthony Grant has once again been offered the head coaching job at Georgia. Some speculate that he may be holding out to see if he is offered the Kentucky job.

Nothing new regarding Alabama at the moment.

Kentucky plays at Notre Dame on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET for a chance to reach the NIT semifinals.