Former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie is rumored to be the next coach at the University of Houston.
If Gillispie is hired, he will be given a second chance to succeed at the collegiate level after sitting out this past season. Gillispie sat out this past season after getting fired by the Wildcats last spring. Gillispie also has been mentioned as a candidate at DePaul.
Since leaving Lexington, Gillispie has apparently cleaned up his drinking habit and appears to be 0n the path to recovery, in the first step toward regaining respectability.
Gillispie’s coaching path is similar to former UK coach Eddie Sutton who was given a second chance at Oklahoma State after he resigned following a recruiting scandal at Kentucky in 1989. One year later, Sutton took over as coach of the Cowboys and enjoyed a successful stint with the school that ended with another issue with alcohol.
While at Oklahoma State, Sutton went 362-149 and guided the Cowboys to a pair of Final Four appearances. His signature is inscribed on the court at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. Aside from the misstep toward the end of his tenure at Oklahoma State, Sutton took advantage of his second opportunity as a coach in the collegiate ranks.
It’s a given Gillispie will get another chance to regain the magic he had at the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) and later at Texas A&M. Sutton is proof that second-chance coaches can succeed.