As a two-time Big XII coach of the year and SEC co-coach of the year in 2007, Billy Gillispie has plenty of accolades to massage his ego. And the new coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders is sure to reassert his presence in the Big XII.
A self-proclaimed "work-a-holic", Gillispie loves to talk about himself and the extremes he goes to as a coach. He likes to remind people that he once went six months without going to the grocery store because he was too busy coaching, or how his eight-year marriage fell apart after he decided that his work was more important than being with his wife.
This is also the same man who took the head coaching job at Kentucky without telling his players at Texas A&M in person, opting to send them text messages instead.
Although Gillispie never found any time to spend with his wife, go grocery shopping or tell his former players he was leaving them, he has found time to indulge in some adult beverages en route to three DUI arrests in 12 years.
He took a timeout from coaching in 2009 to enroll in an alcohol rehab center. While in rehab, it is safe to assume that he spent much of his time there talking about himself.