NCAA Notes: Mississippi Forward Malcolm White Transfers; Billy Gillispie Fired?

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMarch 27, 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)
First, that which is NOT rumor...

Malcolm White has decided to transfer out of Ole Miss. Early reports state that White decided to leave for “personal reasons” and “wanted to be closer to his family.” White is from Louisiana, so the natural rumor is that LSU is interested, although I highly doubt that (A) this is true, considering his transfer just became public knowledge, and (B) Andy Kennedy would release him to an inter-divisionary school.

White, a 217-pound, 6′9″ junior-to-be, averaged 7.2 PPG, 1.4 BPG, 5.7 RPG, and shot 50 percent from the floor. This is an absolutely tremendous loss for the Rebels, whose frontcourt is already very thin. Strange timing from White as well, considering that Ole Miss brings back almost everyone and is/was poised for a very nice season in 2009-10.

As for Kentucky...

WHAS11 out of Louisville broke into Gray’s Anatomy just a while ago to report the official firing of Billy Gillispie. The UK sports department then released a statement claiming the report was false. All signs are pointing to the ousting of Mr. Gillispie.

And this part is entirely and 100 percent rumor. I have heard through the grapevine that Billy Donovan of Florida will be announced as the new Kentucky basketball coach on Monday. Sources are “confirming” that Donovan is in fact checked into a hotel in downtown Lexington tonight. Hmm...

Interesting times.