Kentucky cans coach

On a rainy Friday we have to give you something to read about and since no coaches or players got cut here today, let’s visit Kentucky; home of the Wildcats, whose greatest player ever was the man missing his two front teeth, Dan Issel. According to, the axe has fallen on Billy Gillispie.

Billy Gillispie is out as coach of Kentucky in his second season at the helm, and the school has called a 4:30 p.m. ET news conference to announce the change.

School officials had been quiet about Gillispie’s job status after the Wildcats tumbled through the second half of the season to finish 22-14, tied for the second-most losses in the program’s 106-year history.

Florida’s Billy Donovan is the leading candidate for the job, and is said to be strongly considering it, a source close to Donovan told’s Pat Forde. A Florida spokesperson told’s Andy Katz that athletic director Jeremy Foley hadn’t been told Donovan was leaving, despite local Florida reports saying a deal was imminent.

Kentucky said a new coach will not be announced at Friday’s news conference.

On Wednesday, Kentucky’s postseason ended with a loss to Notre Dame in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals.