Thursday, August 27, 2009

Billy Gillispie gets another DUI

For the third time in his semi-illustrious coaching career, Billy Gillispie has been arrested and charged with a DUI. He was pulled over last night around 2:45am by Lawrenceburg, KY, police.

In 1999, he was arrested and charged with a DUI in Oklahoma, but later plead guilty to a lesser charge. In 2003, he was arrested for suspicion of DUI while in his first year with UTEP, but those charges were later dropped.

So Billy Gillispie has a drinking problem. I think we all knew that by now. I guess the bigger question now is will this guy A) figure out some way to get his life together and B) ever get another coaching gig again?

He's a notorious drunk that now has three DUI arrests. He has not idea how to handle the media, whether it is camera crews or sideline interviews. He made it abundantly clear that he cannot handle the pressure that comes with coaching a team in the spotlight.

There are some things that BCG does well. At both UTEP and Texas A&M, he was able to turn around struggling programs very quickly, getting to the NCAA tournament with both teams. He is an excellent defensive coach that has developed a solid reputation as a recruiter.

But with all the baggage and the question marks, is it worth it to risk hiring him?

Hey, things could be worse for Gillispie. He could be this guy.