Billy Gillispie Has No Time For Jodie Meeks Questions
During last night’s “fall on your face” loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, Kentucky had a two-point lead at the half. As is ESPN’s mantra, the sideline reporter, in this case, Jeannine Edwards, had some questions about Kentucky’s star player and the defense Ole Miss was playing to limit his touches. That’s when Billy Gillispie decided to share his feelings on Edwards’ reporting style (check out the lead video).
Gillispie seemed perturbed that Edwards had the audacity to ask the Kentucky coach why his best player wasn’t having his normal game, and the Kentucky coach informed Miss Edwards that Kentucky was more than just Jodie Meeks, his team had the lead, and he thought she had asked him a “bad question.” With that, the Big Blue Nation of Fans erupted, some trying to defend Gillispie’s remark, while others tried to blame the loss on what was said. An example (all sic’d up for your enjoyment):
“I agree karma can be tough when one acts like that. He embarrassed a whole State and University. He deserves the loss.”
“I can only imagine the indignation on this board if Bruce Pearl had been so classless. Billy G gets a seven figure salary and I would think he would represent the University in a more professional manner.”
And then there’s the “Gillispie can do no wrong because he’s not Tubby” crowd:
“It was a bad question..UK had the lead at halftime and all that damn reporter wanted to discuss was how to get Meeks more involved…
I’m glad Clyde hammered her ass…..”
“Tubby lovers and loserville fans coming out of the woodwork to bash Billy G about that silly question he was asked.”
And that, friends, is about the extent of rational conversation among UK fans and it’s been going on since Tubby took the job at Minnesota. The move essentially fractured the fanbase. Regardless, I’d like to see Gillispie be a little more media savvy, because like it or not, how he interacts with the media reflects directly on his employer (my school) and the fans who support him.
As for the game, it wasn’t Gillispie’s poor choice of responses that lost the game for Kentucky. It wasn’t even Jodie Meeks suddenly human game. No, it was a lack of defensive intensity, an inability to guard the 3-point line in the second half and absolutely no rebounding presence that wasn’t named Patrick Patterson. I mean, giving up 85 points (48 in the second half) to Ole Miss, a team that’s missing three of their best players? That’ll beat you every time.