Almost on cue, Jason King of Yahoo Sports has a long profile of Billy Gillispie today.
That’s just one day after Texas Tech fired Pat Knight as basketball coach, leading to speculation that Gillispie would be the next coach in Lubbock.
King talked to Gillispie for two hours last week in Allen Fieldhouse, where Gillispie had come to see his old boss, Bill Self.
Looking closer to 41 than 51, Gillispie hardly resembles the puffy-cheeked man whose police mug shot was plastered on the front of newspapers across Kentucky 18 months ago. His face is thinner, his eyes sparkle and his voice booms with energy as he talks about the satisfaction he’s received from working with charitable organizations such as MADD and Big Brothers Big Sisters the past few months.
Ask him about his legal issues and Gillispie hardly bristles. Even though therapists in the Houston rehabilitation center run by former NBA coach John Lucas concluded he didn’t have a problem with alcohol – “He had a problem making good decisions when he was around alcohol, big difference,” Lucas said – Gillispie has decided to quit drinking.
“I don’t need it,” Gillispie said. “I didn’t need it before, either. I just decided not to do it anymore.”