If you missed it Friday, check out some great video from WHAS-TV’s Mark Hebert, who happened to be waiting outside Memorial Coliseum for the Billy Gillispie press conference when the coach came casually strolling by, talking (or more likely acting like he was) on his cell phone.
Some viewers thought the station went too far in chasing the coach down the corridor, but you have to wonder why Gillispie took the walking route he did when there were plenty of other options. That’s WLEX-TV sports director Alan Cutler actually giving chase and circling around Gillispie, who actually takes off running to get away.
Of course, now that it turns out they were right, we’re giving WHAS-TV’s Kyle Draper and Danielle Santoro credit for working sources inside the UK athletic department to report first last Thursday night that Gillispie was indeed going to be released on Friday. Still, it was a risk, but it helped the station get the lead on the story.
Then there was Gillispie’s bizarre press conference on Saturday, launching the debate as to whether he should get the $6 million he thinks he deserves that’s mentioned in the buyout clause of his memorandum of understanding (remember he never signed a contract).
Expect UK to keep media members busy chasing the story of the hiring of their next coach this week. Our money’s on a big announcement before the Final Four starts Saturday.