Grant: Gillispie Should be Georgia's Guy
Billy Gillispie

Posted Mar 29, 2009


ATHENS – If Georgia athletic director Damon Evans didn’t pick up the phone and call Billy Gillispie on Friday then he’s crazy.

Kentucky’s hasty firing of Billy G should be the University of Georgia’s gain. The bottom line is that Gillispie wasn’t a people person or the type of guy who slicked back his hair and wanted to run for governor of Kentucky.

He angered the people you couldn’t anger in Lexington and despite the fact that he had a talented young team and a monster recruiting class coming in he got the door.

Why would Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillespie! be a perfect fit for Georgia?

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillespie! is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillespie! would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillespie! ’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillespie! is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillispie

Simply put he’s done it before at Texas A&M which is even harder to win at than UGA.

Somehow at a school totally dominated by football and one of the worst campuses to recruit basketball talent to he got it done. Not only did he win there; he took a team that was the doormat of the Big 12 and made them a power.

He found a way to recruit the likes of Acie Law, an NBA talent, to the armpit of Texas. Imagine what he could do in a town like Athens and a state like Georgia.

Gillespie is a tireless worker, who doesn’t play any games but tells you exactly like it is. He finds a way to recruit top notch talent without promising kids anything more than a scholarship.

He gets more out of mediocre players than anyone. The guy found a way to win at UTEP and Texas A&M. Does anything else really need to be said?

Georgia is a school that should be winning in basketball. We’ve been saying it for years and things just never materialized in the Dennis Felton era. We all know what happened with the Jim Harrick debacle.

In order to win at Georgia I think you need three things.

1. You have to be able to get the Georgia talent. There seems to be at least one kid a year that is capable of being a program changer and Georgia never gets him. Gillespie would get that kid. He’s already proven he can.

If you get just one of those guys you can go from the cellar to the Elite 8 in no time.

2. You have to get the most out of the regular talent you have. This is what Billy G is the master of. Kids play hard for him. They lay it on the line because of the way he coaches and practices.

I think you would see an immediate difference next year because of his ability to get normal kids to play as hard as god will allow them.

3. You have to be hard-nosed. This is Gillespie’s middle name and if you have ever seen the scowl he has on his face it looks eerily similar to the last guy who had success at Georgia; Tubby Smith.

The Dawgs are never going to be Duke or UNC with a host of McDonald’s All Americans filling the roster. What they have to be is tougher than the other teams they play and willing to put their bodies on the line.

If you watched Kentucky play the last two years or Texas A&M before that you would see teams that had some talent but just flat out played harder than everyone.

Gillespie is never going to be a great people person, and I think Georgia fans could care less. They don’t need a guy that looks like a politician. They need a guy that doesn’t care what people think.

They need a guy that is going to work himself to the bone for success. They need a guy that won’t take no for an answer. They need a guy who can recruit and coach at the same time.

Simply said… Georgia needs Billy Gillispie!


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