Gillispie fired by Kentucky
Coach went 40-27, missed NCAA bid
Impatient for a winner, Kentucky fired Billy Gillispie as coach yesterday after just two years, too many losses, and too little appreciation for all the things that come with running college basketball's all-time-winningest program.
Saying the Wildcats deserve a leader who understands "this is not just another coaching job," athletic director Mitch Barnhart and president Lee Todd made the decision to dismiss Gillispie less than two years after he was hired to replace Tubby Smith.
"He's a good basketball coach," Barnhart said. "Sometimes it's just not the right fit and that's my responsibility."
Gillispie went 40-27 in two seasons with the Wildcats, including a 22-14 mark this year that tied for the second-most losses in the program's 106-year history. A stumble down the stretch left the Wildcats out of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991.
"In response to the rumors circulating about my interest in other jobs, I wanted to address this as quickly as possible," Donovan said in a statement. "I am committed to the University of Florida and look forward to continuing to build our program here."
The third-year coach has led Missouri to one of the best seasons in school history, racking up a record 31 wins and a Big 12 conference tournament championship. The Tigers face Connecticut today in the West Regional final.
Citing unnamed sources, The Kansas City Star reported that Missouri is ready to raise Anderson's $850,000 annual salary to at least $1.3 million and renew his contract for five years.
"Do I know if any has been made? No, I'm not making judgment one way or the other," Calhoun said as the top-seeded Huskies prepared for the West Regional final against Missouri in Glendale, Ariz. "Could I have made a mistake? Sure. The [rules] manual is 508 pages. Someone could've made a mistake."