Run Billy, Run

  • 03/27/2009 11:12 pm in

Unless you’ve been away from a computer, TV, radio and civilization all day, you’ve heard by now that Billy Gillispie has been relieved of his coaching duties at the University of Kentucky.

But what you probably haven’t seen is the gem of video below. It’s worth a view, regardless of your fan affiliation:



What you just witnessed was two reporters, one from Lexington and one from Louisville, literally chase Gillispie through the Joe Craft Center (UK’s practice facility). Nevermind the fact that he was supposedly on the phone and went through a door that required security credentials. Had the secretary not stepped in at the end, Gillispie might have ended up tied down to a chair in his office until he talked.

You can read Eamonn’s take on this ridiculousness here.

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  • Battimi

    That is too funny. As if he was really on the phone. It looks like two minutes pass and he says nothing. He is running away like a little kid.

  • how much better does this make me feel about IU's situation!! i cant believe the AD gets another chance to hire another coach.. for Kentucky’s sake they better follow IU's footsteps and go to Oklahoma to find their new coach.. no established coach will touch this with a 10 foot pole!

  • how much better does this make me feel about IU's situation!! i cant believe the AD gets another chance to hire another coach.. for Kentucky’s sake they better follow IU's footsteps and go to Oklahoma to find their new coach.. no established coach will touch this with a 10 foot pole!

  • Taskmaster75

    I hate rude media…..

  • Taskmaster75

    I hate rude media…..

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Billy, if you are going to fake being on the phone, you have to actually fake a conversation, or no one is going to believe you.

    Also, are you responsible for my apartment building getting robbed last year? Don't you know that you're supposed to close security doors behind you to keep the riffraff from the street out?

  • Hoosier_Hound

    Billy, if you are going to fake being on the phone, you have to actually fake a conversation, or no one is going to believe you.

    Also, are you responsible for my apartment building getting robbed last year? Don't you know that you're supposed to close security doors behind you to keep the riffraff from the street out?

  • Kyle D

    Imagine, if you will, if that was coach Knight in Gillespie's place. I think the hospital report would read something like “patient arrived with TV camera inserted in rectum and stabbed through head with microphone.” At least Knight wouldn't have done the fake phone call and security door thing.

    Wouldn't you love to be Tubby Smith right now?

  • Bryan

    Too funny. Gillispie has a press conference scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday. Given that this is how the man deals with a walk up reporter, the press conference could be a classic.

  • Bryan

    Too funny. Gillispie has a press conference scheduled for 10:00 on Saturday. Given that this is how the man deals with a walk up reporter, the press conference could be a classic.

  • jgongora86

    I'm glad that Anthony Grant got the Alabama position. I would be really scared if he took over the ken(ucky) position. I know they probably would not have given him a stare, but I'm not afraid to go on the record, by saying he is going to be a special coach.

  • jgongora86

    I'm glad that Anthony Grant got the Alabama position. I would be really scared if he took over the ken(ucky) position. I know they probably would not have given him a stare, but I'm not afraid to go on the record, by saying he is going to be a special coach.

  • UTrules

    why didnt he just say “no comment” and move on? and why dont the reporters get slapped with a trespassing violation – they didnt have access nor did they look like they were invited into that secured building?

  • UTrules

    why didnt he just say “no comment” and move on? and why dont the reporters get slapped with a trespassing violation – they didnt have access nor did they look like they were invited into that secured building?

  • Kelin Blab

    First the reporter is an idiot…..but it is his job…..

    Secondly, whats up with Bloomington TV reporters, why couldn't they run down KS so we could get some comical footage of KS on the 'phone' as he got fired….as if there wasn't plenty of time to catch KS on the phone!

    Third, Donavan says no, Grant is at ALabama, Callepari will say no, don't bother calling Izzo, Travis Ford will get a call and so will Brad Stevens from Butler…….not sure why Pelphry isn't on the list….

  • Kelin Blab

    First the reporter is an idiot…..but it is his job…..

    Secondly, whats up with Bloomington TV reporters, why couldn't they run down KS so we could get some comical footage of KS on the 'phone' as he got fired….as if there wasn't plenty of time to catch KS on the phone!

    Third, Donavan says no, Grant is at ALabama, Callepari will say no, don't bother calling Izzo, Travis Ford will get a call and so will Brad Stevens from Butler…….not sure why Pelphry isn't on the list….

  • There is no way to justify the idiocy of that reporter. He knew he wasn't going to get a quote so he just decided to be a jackoff. However, Billy is making 2.3 million/year so you can't feel real sorry for the coach.

  • There is no way to justify the idiocy of that reporter. He knew he wasn't going to get a quote so he just decided to be a jackoff. However, Billy is making 2.3 million/year so you can't feel real sorry for the coach.

  • Kelin Blab

    This is why every office complex should have bobcats or pitbulls roaming around for this very reason…..

  • Kelin Blab

    This is why every office complex should have bobcats or pitbulls roaming around for this very reason…..

  • The top two on the wish list are reportedly Izzo and Matta. In that order.

  • The top two on the wish list are reportedly Izzo and Matta. In that order.

    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20099032

  • Kelin Blab

    Not sure why everyone thinks Izzo would leave State, makes no sense to me…..Matta, I doubt as well, I thought Matta if he were to leave it would have been IU but KY is not your Joe B. Hall's KY anymore….

    Travis Ford…..just call him and you will have a coach by tuesday….

  • Kelin Blab

    Not sure why everyone thinks Izzo would leave State, makes no sense to me…..Matta, I doubt as well, I thought Matta if he were to leave it would have been IU but KY is not your Joe B. Hall's KY anymore….

    Travis Ford…..just call him and you will have a coach by tuesday….

  • Indyhoosier

    I'm glad I'm not Billy Gillispie cause one of those boys would of been laid out! I can't help but love watching all of Kentucky blue faithful squirm right now because the fact of the matter is they brought all of this on themselves. They give a guy two years to produce and if he is not winning national titles they cut ties. Historically, if you look at every great coach they took their lumps during their first few years. Hell in North Carolina during Dean Smith's first few years they literally had a noose and was ready to hang'em up when he wasn't producing and we see how that turned out. They are getting everything they deserve right now. Last year was a bad place to be in being a Hoosier fan, but we were getting rid of a coach who was cheating. They are hanging themselves for no reason and I love it. I was at the Whistle Stop down the road from Lucas Oil Stadium after the Louisville/Arizona game let out last night just laughing it up with some of the Louisville fans at how pathetic Kentucky is making themself look right now. Cheers to this hot mess at our southern border, I guess if you guys don't have basketball there's always screwing your cousin to look forward to. Enjoy the next couple of months Kentucky and have a pleasant day!

  • Indyhoosier

    I'm glad I'm not Billy Gillispie cause one of those boys would of been laid out! I can't help but love watching all of Kentucky blue faithful squirm right now because the fact of the matter is they brought all of this on themselves. They give a guy two years to produce and if he is not winning national titles they cut ties. Historically, if you look at every great coach they took their lumps during their first few years. Hell in North Carolina during Dean Smith's first few years they literally had a noose and was ready to hang'em up when he wasn't producing and we see how that turned out. They are getting everything they deserve right now. Last year was a bad place to be in being a Hoosier fan, but we were getting rid of a coach who was cheating. They are hanging themselves for no reason and I love it. I was at the Whistle Stop down the road from Lucas Oil Stadium after the Louisville/Arizona game let out last night just laughing it up with some of the Louisville fans at how pathetic Kentucky is making themself look right now. Cheers to this hot mess at our southern border, I guess if you guys don't have basketball there's always screwing your cousin to look forward to. Enjoy the next couple of months Kentucky and have a pleasant day!

  • cookcmc

    so what's the buyout on ole Billy? wasn't he in a 2 years of a 7 year deal – has to be a huge buyout clause or no? anybody know any details?

  • cookcmc

    so what's the buyout on ole Billy? wasn't he in a 2 years of a 7 year deal – has to be a huge buyout clause or no? anybody know any details?

  • He was operating under a memorandum of understanding, not a contract. The memorandum calls for a buyout of $6 million that the UK AD said yesterday they would not pay in full. In his press conference today, Gillispie said the memorandum acts as a contract and he's due all $6 million. Let the legal battle ensue.

  • He was operating under a memorandum of understanding, not a contract. The memorandum calls for a buyout of $6 million that the UK AD said yesterday they would not pay in full. In his press conference today, Gillispie said the memorandum acts as a contract and he's due all $6 million. Let the legal battle ensue.

  • Bryan

    I wonder if Cutler was one of the media types that Billy didn't treat too well. I don't buy into conspiracy theories that the media had it in for him, but I could easily buy that he wanted to get back at Gillispie once it was clear he was fired.

  • Bryan

    I wonder if Cutler was one of the media types that Billy didn't treat too well. I don't buy into conspiracy theories that the media had it in for him, but I could easily buy that he wanted to get back at Gillispie once it was clear he was fired.

  • GFDave

    All the big names being mentioned now are exactly the same as they were two years ago. It was pure delusion then and it remains so. If these coaches spurned pUKe then I don't see anyway that they would sign on now. The situation is much worse this time around and, if I were a coach, I would worry about the treatment I could expect from the fan base.

    I am excited by the possible recruiting opportunities for IU. Crean got started too late last year to get in on some of these kids, but now the ground may even out a bit.

  • GFDave

    All the big names being mentioned now are exactly the same as they were two years ago. It was pure delusion then and it remains so. If these coaches spurned pUKe then I don't see anyway that they would sign on now. The situation is much worse this time around and, if I were a coach, I would worry about the treatment I could expect from the fan base.

    I am excited by the possible recruiting opportunities for IU. Crean got started too late last year to get in on some of these kids, but now the ground may even out a bit.

  • KY johnson

    That was one looooooong a## phone call. Lasted from when he was first leaving all the way to his office. Must have been some blabbermouth on the other end. A total one sided conversation.

  • KY johnson

    That was one looooooong a## phone call. Lasted from when he was first leaving all the way to his office. Must have been some blabbermouth on the other end. A total one sided conversation.

  • JamesHardy

    He was probably on the phone with KS or Jimmy Calhoun trying to spell…B-U-Y-O-U-T!

  • JamesHardy

    He was probably on the phone with KS or Jimmy Calhoun trying to spell…B-U-Y-O-U-T!

  • Hardwood83

    I was hoping Gillespie would hang around for a couple of years and really run the program into the ground. Why do media have a 'right' to information. No one has to talk to them. D-bag reporters.

  • Hardwood83

    I was hoping Gillespie would hang around for a couple of years and really run the program into the ground. Why do media have a 'right' to information. No one has to talk to them. D-bag reporters.

  • NC Fat Boy

    That's rather sad, both for UK, UK fans, Billy Gillispie and the Media.

    We've been through coaching changes and down periods (like now!), and it's never pleasant. It's no wonder everyone thinks the media are idiots. This is not the first time for Cutler to be an a$$ chasing someone who obviously has no comment. Coaches know who the a$$es are… and that is why they have to stoop to such tactics as this to get publicity.

    Even the guys on the video… they more or less condone the actions of this guy.

    Tubby Smith is an amazing man to put up with this crap for as long as he did.

  • NC Fat Boy

    That's rather sad, both for UK, UK fans, Billy Gillispie and the Media.

    We've been through coaching changes and down periods (like now!), and it's never pleasant. It's no wonder everyone thinks the media are idiots. This is not the first time for Cutler to be an a$$ chasing someone who obviously has no comment. Coaches know who the a$$es are… and that is why they have to stoop to such tactics as this to get publicity.

    Even the guys on the video… they more or less condone the actions of this guy.

    Tubby Smith is an amazing man to put up with this crap for as long as he did.

  • NC Fat Boy

    That's rather sad, both for UK, UK fans, Billy Gillispie and the Media.

    We've been through coaching changes and down periods (like now!), and it's never pleasant. It's no wonder everyone thinks the media are idiots. This is not the first time for Cutler to be an a$$ chasing someone who obviously has no comment. Coaches know who the a$$es are… and that is why they have to stoop to such tactics as this to get publicity.

    Even the guys on the video… they more or less condone the actions of this guy.

    Tubby Smith is an amazing man to put up with this crap for as long as he did.