Yes, as I’ve posted before, the Arkansas Razorbacks are trying to woo away Texas A&M’s basketball coach Billy Gillispie. This is because Gillispie has taken the Aggies, who went 0-16 in conference play a year before he arrived, to two NCAA tournament births. This year, the Aggies made it to the Sweet 16, where they were eliminated by the Memphis Tigers. What he has done with the Aggies is phenomenal. He has taken a club that very few people knew even existed, to a prominent program.
I can’t say that I blame the Piggies for wanting to woo Gillispie. They need a good coach as well. But I don’t think they will get him. After all, you should see some of the tactics the Aggies are taking in order to keep their coach.
For instance, one radio station in College Station, Candy 95.1, held a bake sale in order to raise an additional $10 million to add to Gillispie’s slary. They raised… er, well, $84! Yup! That should do the trick. Others have also volunteered to do his lawn for free if he stays, as well as his laundry, and any other work he needs around the house. Another Aggie offered to give him daily massages for free, I’m hoping that particular Aggie making the offer was… well, a woman. Just doesn’t feel right for a guy to be offering that. One woman even proposed to Sir Billy. He is single by the way.
Of course, you can see that the Piggies sniffing around our coach has Aggieland in an uproar. I did like what one Aggie said: “Does Arkansas even have a basketball program?” I know, how quickly we forget that it was only a few years ago that we were grabbing available students from the student center to field a team. But it is fun to ask that question. Arkansas has not been the power house they were in the 1990s before the Nolan Richardson melt down.
So why go to Arkansas? What advantage could there be? If he goes, he will simply be building on what others have done. By staying at A&M, he is building himself a legacy and a program. If he wins a National Championship at A&M, and I hope that he does, then it will be ALL HIS DOING, and not building on something that others were doing.
I like what Richard Justice wrote in the Houston Chronicle… “A&M is his program. He built it from the ground up. A&M was 0-16 in the Big 12 the year before he arrived. If he stays, he’ll be a folk hero. He’ll have buildings named for him and his own table at the Fox and Hound. Nothing he does at Arkansas or Kentucky will be greater than his predecessors did. At A&M, they’ll build a statue for him.“
Yes, all the Aggie support is fun and I’m glad it is taking place. He would never get that kind of support and affection at Arkansas. After all, they would expect him to win it all next year, and the moment that doesn’t happen, he would be in the hot seat like their previous coach. So if he wants his legacy to grow, he needs to stay at A&M, win a few National Titles and go down in history as one of the greatest basketball coaches in history.
The Coach needs to stay! Arkansas needs to go else where… I think Bowling Green’s coach, Dan Dakich, is available.