Billy Gillispie out at Kentucky—Billy Donovan In?

The Dead Guy SECAnalyst IMarch 27, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 12:  Head coach Billy Gillispie of the Kentucky Wildcats reacts to a call during the game against the Ole Miss Rebels during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament on March 12, 2009 at The St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Well, it's official now. The quest to successfully lure Billy Donovan or John Calipari is officially on. Something tells me UK will get the job done this time, after failing miserably two seasons ago.

The wild card in all this is Anthony Grant. He would certainly take over the Florida program if Donovan left, but I'm surprised he's not getting more consideration for the Kentucky job. He's young, energetic, and has been a part of highly successful SEC teams in the recent past.

***UPDATE:***

It appears the Wildcats have fired a coach that didn't get them to the NCAA Tournament this year to hire a coach that didn't get his team to the NCAA Tournament for two years running.

Per news reports, Kentucky has their man in Billy Donovan. Of course, we'll have to wait and see what happens. Donovan agreed to leave Florida to coach the Magic a few years back, before backing out and coming back to Florida.

***UPDATE No. 2***

Now there's this, stating that Billy Donovan is expected to release a statement today saying he is NOT a candidate for the Kentucky job. This would certainly be good news in Tuscaloosa, as it would greatly increase the chance that Anthony Grant leaves VCU for the vacant Tide position.

Looks like Kentucky fans picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

It's not just the fans in Lexington that are crazy. This is absolutely despicable behavior.