The 2008–09 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represents the University of Kentucky in the college basketball season of 2008–2009.The team's head coach was Billy Gillispie, who was in his second and final year as coach.On March 15, 2009, the Wildcats accepted a bid to the 2009 National Invitation Tournament, ending a streak of 17 consecutive appearances in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship dating back to 1992. "It's unfortunate and not what I wanted to hear, but I understand," Gillispie said in a statement released by UK. assistant coaches ran practice, and Legion did not participate.As a child, Gillispie worked as a paperboy, delivering copies of The Fort Worth Press.At Graford High School Gillispie played point guard for the basketball team and was a standout athlete in his graduating class of 20 students.I firmly believe to move in a new direction is the best interests of all involved," Barnhart said.Barnhart, who thanked Gillispie and his staff for their work at Kentucky, said, "The chemistry was just not right." Kentucky was 40-27 in Gillispie's two seasons.
"We met with Alex and his mother Friday, and she informed us of her desire to seek a release for her son," Gillispie said in the statement.He has an overall coaching record of 140-85 and has had only one losing season -- his first year at UTEP, when the Miners were 6-24. Bunch of stuff to keep myself busy and doing some basketball stuff, watching a few games.He attended Ranger College, playing basketball and baseball for them from 1978–1980 before transferring to Sam Houston State University to work as a student assistant for their basketball team under coach Bob Derryberry, a former classmate of Gillispie's father.
Kentucky men's basketball Coach Billy Gillispie has been fired after two years at the helm of the Wildcats' storied program.I’ve got some other little interests I try to take care of as far as just fiddling around.