UK Hires Basketball Coach

The Associated Press reports the University of Kentucky is hiring Billy Gillispie as its head basketball coach.

The school has called a 12:45 pm news conference to announce the hiring. A pep rally will precede the announcement.. It is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

Texas A & M athletic director Bill Byrne granted Kentucky permission to contact Gillispie late yesterday. Gillispie took the Aggies to the N-C-A-A tournament's round of 16 this year for the first time since 1980.

Gillispie won his last game this season at Rupp Arena by defeating beating Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals, that got his team into the Sweet 16.

Gillispie has a reputation as a very strong recruiter.
His last three recruiting classes were rated among the top three in the nation.

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