Unbelievably, even to many Kentucky fans, head basketball coach Billy Gillispie is on his way out of Lexington. In spite of what some may say, the parting of ways is based upon far more than simple wins and losses.
While a coach with Final Fours and consistent championship contention can afford to be brash and abrasive, an unproven one cannot. This is especially the case when the job is Kentucky coach.
The storied program requires excellence on the court, as well as the recruiting trail. But unlike many schools, UK demands an ambassador off the gym floor, as well.
Kentucky's coach is arguably more famous than the governor. Polls consistently show that he is easily more revered and more well-known than the state's top public servant.
In fact, it has been said more than once that even Presidential candidates can me made or broken in the bluegrass by the endorsement, or lack of, from the man who holds the lofty coaching job.
Billy Clyde Gillispie didn't seek that kind of attention. He certainly wasn't up to the task. For multiple off court reasons, compounded by those that were on the court, the position is apparently vacant again.
With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to look at the probable candidates to take his place. In doing so, one thing appears to stand out. This is going to be easy.
The new coach will be one of the following five, and you my friend, can write it down.