Texas Tech’s decision to hire Billy Gillispie as head men’s basketball coach was a great move. For the last few years, the Red Raiders’ program has been heading in the wrong direction and Gillispie is the kind of coach that can turn Lubbock back into a basketball town. He is a tireless recruiter, a great bench coach, and already worked miracles at two college basketball programs in the state of Texas (UTEP and Texas A&M).
Two years ago, Gillispie was fired as head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats. The University of Kentucky’s administration claimed the firing had nothing to do with Gillispie’s performance on the court, but instead an “incompatibility between the school” and head coach. Since then, Gillispie had trouble getting back into college basketball coaching. He even showed interest in returning to El Paso, but UTEP Athletic Director Bob Stull chose Tim Floyd instead.
Soon, UTEP fans will see the former Miners head coach back in El Paso when the Miners and Red Raiders continue their basketball rivalry. I just hope Tim Floyd stays in El Paso long enough so UTEP fans don’t resent Stull for passing up on Billy Clyde.