No way, in these times, are the athletes at the Kentuckys and other "good-every-year" schools going to put up with Gillispie's coaching style. That is, being relentless on the players on and off the court. Handling great players beats coaching great players at the acme of sports:
Joe Torre in baseball, Phil Jackson in basketball.
Yankees, Cowboys ... and the Kentuckys in college basketball. That's the top.
Gillispie was successful at UTEP because he inherited a down program. He was successful at Texas A@M, which was down.
You can ride players who haven't been winning games. You can't ride the players with the high pedigrees.
Long ago the Vince Lombardi style of "treating everyone equal, like dogs," went out. Even Don Haskins mellowed a whole lot his last 15 years in Utepia.
Billy will be a millionaire for life now. But his heart beats because he coaches basketball. He'll be back on a lower level, and he'll be successful there.