I'd like to see UTEP beat out other schools and convince Billy Gillispie to return as basketball coach. Billy is a good coach and a good guy for El Paso. He was well-liked in his two seasons here.
But Gillispie is on virturally everyone's "rumor" list, and there has to be speculation that his pal, Houston AD Mack Rhoades, would want him there now that Tom Penders is gone. Some think Gillispie is in the running for DePaul, too.
I agree with some others that Sam Houston State's Bob Marlin is a winner. I'd give Gillispie the recruiting edge since Gillispie did well with players at: UTEP and Texas A&M. Yes, he was a bust at Kentucky, but anybody who has followed Gillispie knows he wasn't cut out for hanging with big-money boosters, such as at Kentucky. You've got to be a "society" guy and a great coach - and get to the Final 4 often - to be accepted by the swells at Kentucky. In the world of sports its Yankees/Dodgers, Boston Celtics, Dallas Cowboys, Notre Dame football and Kentucky basketball.
He'd be great. He built winners here in the 1980s as top recruiter. He's been a head coach in college and of the NBA Chicago Bulls. It's odd, though, that his name doesn't appear on the "rumor" lists for job openings of late. Maybe he's happy in his home state as an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets? The UTEP job has opened up several times since his mentor, Don Haskins, retired, and Floyd's name hasn't come up here in Utepia.
UTEP, beat out Houston and DePaul and get Billy back.