Dan Wolken recently spoke to Coach of the Year, Bill Self, about his former assistant, Billy Gillespie. It was a positive endorsement.
The list of three possible coaches that was mentioned this weekend has fizzled, partly because of Scott Drew walking away (thank God). Avery Johnson has no business here, because he's never recruited and that's an essential part of being the coach at Memphis. Theus is the only name I've heard mentioned of that original three. He'd be a decent hire, but Gillespie's resume is more impressive than Reggie's. I also feel that Theus wants the spotlight, just as Cal always has. There is inherent danger in that type of person.
With every day that passes, the Tigers inch closer to obscurity. If we don't make a big hire, a lot of the national attention we'd been getting will be gone completely. Allow me to suggest...
Billy Gillespie. He is a good coach. He's turned around two programs. According to Self, he loves to recruit. There's a chance he'll bring his UK recruits with him wherever he coaches next, if he is hired this year. Why not give Billy G a chance?
I have been considering Gillespie lately, but on the heels of Self's endorsement, I've got him at the top of my list at this point. Bring on Billy G!
-JB: I do not speak for all the bloggers on the TOD in choosing to support Billy G as our new coach.