Billy Gillespie Fired From Kentucky

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 13:  Head coach Billie Gillispie of the Kentucky Wildcats argues a call with a referee during the game against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the second round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 13, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Apparently, well-known Wildcat booster/fan Marc Haggard has gone public that Billy Gillespie has been fired, and the official statement will be released tomorrow. In fact, the UK administration has organized a press conference tomorrow, so conventional wisdom would seem to agree with Mr. Haggard.

Haggard’s reputation is generally one of trustworthiness, but he has been wrong in the past. Regardless, tomorrow’s press conference should put the rumors to rest—one way or another.

In the meantime, various UK players are giving their input. Patterson, the star inside guy, is apparently leaning towards returning, although Liggins and Meeks are both on the fence and are waiting for a decision to be made on the coaching situation. A.J. Stewart is expected to transfer regardless, Darius Miller is expected to return, and Michael Porter mentioned personal issues to consider in his decision.

As for Mississippi State, rumors have swirled since midseason that immensely-talented but little-used forward Kodi Augustus was looking into transferring. After receiving a great deal of playing time in the final third of the season and becoming an instrumental part of the team’s end-of-the-year success, Augustus has decided to return to State for his junior season.

I’ll update the Kentucky situation after tomorrow’s press conference.