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Former Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie Will Attend UK / Texas A&M Game

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Fall of 2007 through spring of 2009 might lovingly be called The Dark Days by some UK fans. Those were the two seasons that Billy Gillispie was at the helm of the Kentucky basketball program.

Those two seasons featured, respectively, an 18-13 record with a first-found NCAA Tournament exit as an 11-seed and a 22-14 record and third-round NIT loss. To say the least, Big Blue Nation was wearing black.

Well, since that time, Coach Gillispie has had and lost a job coaching at Texas Tech. And this Saturday, it seems he will resurface as a spectator when UK visits College Station, Texas for a road game against Texas A&M.

This will be the Cats’ second game against the Aggies, the first of which was a 12-point home loss. So Kentucky will try to prevent being swept for the first time in the John Calipari era while former coach Billy Gillispie looks on.

Current A&M coach Billy Kennedy invited Gillispie to the game. And you can speculate about whether or not it was to provide a distraction for the Cats. Who knows? I doubt Kennedy would do something like that, but I don’t know the man. It could also be because Gillispie also used to coach at A&M and this would be a unique opportunity to see two of his former schools do battle.

Whatever the reason, Billy Gillispie will be there Saturday evening to watch the Cats and the Aggies.

It’s anybody’s guess for whom he will be rooting, but I bet I know.

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