Commentary

Latest charges hurt Gillispie's job hunt

Updated: August 29, 2009, 8:44 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

The latest chapter in the Billy Gillispie story was a very sad one.

I was sorry to hear about his latest problem, an alleged DUI. This charge of driving under the influence of liquor adds to his recent, difficult times.

He lost his job at one of the great schools in America, Kentucky. The Wildcats have the most passionate fans in the nation, and when you think about tradition, big blue ranks up there with the creme de la creme.

Gillispie was on such a quick career rise. He went from UTEP, where he won 24 games in his second season, to Texas A&M. He led the Aggies to three straight 20+ win campaigns.

Ultimately, he ended up in Lexington. Things did not work out there, and he did not seem like a great fit from day one. He was let go, and now he is looking for another opportunity to coach on the collegiate level.

The timing of this incident is, quite frankly, devastating. Having this scenario on his resume, a third DUI charge, will hurt his market value.

I don't know the whole story but it may be time for Gillispie to look in the mirror and address the way he deals with his social life.

Let me add that a person is innocent until proven guilty. This should play out in the court system before writing the end to this chapter. He has never been convicted of driving drunk and the charges in his second brush with the law were later dropped.

Obviously nobody should ever get behind the wheel of a car when intoxicated but the timing for a high-profile coach pursuing a chance to return to the sideline could not be worse.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.