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08:20 AM ET 03.08 | If it were up to the fans, Billy Gillispie would soon be replacing Pat Knight in Lubbock. No doubt the former UT-El Paso, Texas A&M and Kentucky coach is the popular choice on The Plains. And last time I checked, 82 percent of the respondents to a Star-Telegram online survey question felt that Tech should "definitely" think about him as next coach as well. ... More than one source says Kirby Hocutt is very, very image conscious. The inference those people make is that Hocutt would be less-than-inclined to roll the dice and make the bold, gusty choice to bring in a new-look Gillispie -- despite the fact that he would immediately solve problems like fielding an always-competitive team that people would come out to watch. Will he get a chance?

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March 8, 2011  08:45 AM ET
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I'd thought Gillispie had reached his level of incompetence when he got to Kentucky. Maybe there are yet new avenues to explore under the Peter Principle.

Sort of agree with HM and also think he's more of a Texas guy. But I think his level of incompetence is in dealing with spoiled prima donnas that do not believe in hard work. UTEP and Aggy can't attract those kind like Kentucky can.

He's better at getting the most out of hard working, tough minded kids instead of McDonald's All American's that have been told all their life they are God's gift to basketball, feel "entitled" and ultimately see no need to work at all...much less work hard. He's demanding of effort.

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March 8, 2011  09:01 AM ET

Billy G. is a really good coach. Look at what he did at UTEP and the Aggies. A lot of hog fans want him. For some reason or another he wasn't successful at the pressure cooker in Lexington. He would be a great hire for the Red Raiders.

I wouldn't be disappointed if the hogs get him either.

March 8, 2011  09:01 AM ET
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What is Drew doing in Waco?

Coaching them down...ala....Calipari.

March 8, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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I'd thought Gillispie had reached his level of incompetence when he got to Kentucky. Maybe there are yet new avenues to explore under the Peter Principle.

No. Gillispe was a great recruiter in Texas. He drove the back roads and found kids other schools didn't want and coached them up. He just didn't fit at Kentucky, where boosters, street agents and one-and-done ballers dictate the direction of the program. The fans alums and boosters never liked him and when he didn't produce instant results ... they ran his name through the mud then canned him in favor of a coach with absolutely no ethics.

March 8, 2011  09:19 AM ET
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I'd thought Gillispie had reached his level of incompetence when he got to Kentucky. Maybe there are yet new avenues to explore under the Peter Principle.

He reached a level of demons controlling his life. IF he has them under control, he is one he!! of a coach. I'm w/ King........if we can't get Anderson at Arky, Billy Clyde would be my second choice. Problem is image and old baggage. From what I hear, school officials are VERY hesitant to take a risk on a basketball coach that might bring NCAA wrath on a scholl making $50 million playing football.

March 8, 2011  09:35 AM ET
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He reached a level of demons controlling his life. IF he has them under control, he is one he!! of a coach. I'm w/ King........if we can't get Anderson at Arky, Billy Clyde would be my second choice. Problem is image and old baggage. From what I hear, school officials are VERY hesitant to take a risk on a basketball coach that might bring NCAA wrath on a scholl making $50 million playing football.

We would just need to keep him off of Dickson St. What have you heard about Pel's situation? I've heard he may resign if he doesn't win the SEC Tourney and I've also heard he may be gone depending on how the hogs do in the SEC Tourney. All just rumors and speculation. What has Watson heard? I used to get all my info from him.

March 8, 2011  09:37 AM ET

I just read this and couldn't believe it. Arkansas last won the SEC West in basketball in 1995. Every single team from the West has won it since then, all multiple times except for Auburn which has won it once. That is absolutely pathetic. 16 years.

March 8, 2011  09:44 AM ET

No real surprise. He's a good coach, as long as he can stay off the sauce.

March 8, 2011  09:46 AM ET
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Coaching them down...ala....Calipari.

Yea, I don't know how Drew is recruiting those kids...it couldn't be from the fact that he was a solid recruiter at Valpo (won numerous recruiting awards) before taking the Baylor job. It couldn't be because some parents like the idea of their kids in a Christian university that is close to home. Nah, he MUST be cheating. Show me proof otherwise ****. You just sound ignorant.

March 8, 2011  09:57 AM ET
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I just read this and couldn't believe it. Arkansas last won the SEC West in basketball in 1995. Every single team from the West has won it since then, all multiple times except for Auburn which has won it once. That is absolutely pathetic. 16 years.

C'mon man! You know that the SEC West would belong to MSU, if Stansbury could coach at a much higher level :)

I thought after Nolan left, that Arky basketball would keep rolling. That's obviously not the case.

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March 8, 2011  10:39 AM ET
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We would just need to keep him off of Dickson St. What have you heard about Pel's situation? I've heard he may resign if he doesn't win the SEC Tourney and I've also heard he may be gone depending on how the hogs do in the SEC Tourney. All just rumors and speculation. What has Watson heard? I used to get all my info from him.

Just rumors here, too......Pel has to win tourney to stay in. He may go out on his terms. Anderson is staying at Mizzou, and Long has a Big East guy he wants that has said yes....Marquette coach?? Not sure who the other Big East guys is...supposed to be talking to 2. Gillespie is too risky w/ football rolling. May shape up by Friday of this week.

March 8, 2011  10:46 AM ET
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It begins and ends with in state recruiting. WSP can correct me but when Arkansas was rolling, their best players WERE FROM Arkansas. If I were Texas Tech I would take my time and wait till after the tournament to make a hire. The coach at St. Marys had done a good job maybe they could throw some money at Steve Fisher at San Diego State University.

Arky did roll w/ in-state players, but Nolan had a good pipeline to Texas and Lousianna (Oliver Miller, Mayberry, Thurman). His biggest recruiting bed was JUST out of state....Memphis. Arky took Day, Hurey, Bowers, Beck etc away from Memphis. We had some studs from that base.

Nolan could motovate and coach. We rarely had McDonalds all-americans (Williamson may have been our only one). He liked hard-nosed kids who weren't premadonnas and were willing to run and play defense. Like Knight, not all kids could play for Nolan, but those that did he coached up to a level they wouldn't have reached with most other coaches. It was a team game.

I like Fisher and Tubby Smith, but both are older and prob not worth starting a turn-around with.

March 8, 2011  10:55 AM ET
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Nope, Nolan was Arky. There just does not seem to be many great coaches in the BB ranks in the second/third tier groups, might need to raid the lower divisions and step them up and see if they work out, couldn't hurt and worse than it already has.

The hogs did, twice. Stan Heath and Pelphrey. Neither has worked out. I could make the argument it is the second best basketball school in the SEC behind Kentucky. Facilities and fan base are second to none.

March 8, 2011  10:57 AM ET
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It begins and ends with in state recruiting. WSP can correct me but when Arkansas was rolling, their best players WERE FROM Arkansas. If I were Texas Tech I would take my time and wait till after the tournament to make a hire. The coach at St. Marys had done a good job maybe they could throw some money at Steve Fisher at San Diego State University.

Yeah, our best players came from Memphis. There is good talent in Arkansas too normally. Mayberry was from Tulsa, Big O from Fort Worth, Thurman from north Louisiana. Corliss was from Russellville, AR.

March 8, 2011  11:06 AM ET

Marquette is 9-9 and 18-13. Hog fans wouldn't be thrilled with that hire.

 
March 8, 2011  11:10 AM ET
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Marquette is 9-9 and 18-13. Hog fans wouldn't be thrilled with that hire.

I agree....just hearing Long has a Big east guy he likes from his time at Pitt....Marquette keeps coming up. Like I said.....supposed to be talking to 2.....not sure who the other is. IMO, anyone but Anderson will get a luke-warm reception here in Fayetteville, at best.

There is a wild rumor a/b a "high profile" name.....$3 mill offer like we got Petrino, but I don't buy it.....will believe it when I see it.

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