Saturday, May 16, 2009

Billy Gillespie Rumored for Texas-Pan American Coach Opening

Several media outlets near Edinburg, Texas recently announced that Billy Gillespie is rumored to be one of the candidates for the Texas-Pan American job opening.

I don't know if there's any truth to these rumors but this would be a huge step backward for the former University of Kentucky coach. The Division 1 coach openings are slim right now so Gillespie could be interested and he's familiar with the Texas recruiting scene as he started his career coaching at UTEP and Texas A&M and was born and raised in Texas.

Texas-Pan American is a member of the Great West Conference and is coming off a 10-17 season. Texas-Pan American isn't known for there basketball tradition but Gillespie has previous success in turning programs around (i.e. In his three seasons at Texas A&M the team achieved three consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time in program history.)

Texas-Pan American's program is currently under an internal investigation for possible NCAA violations. So far, 28 coaches have applied for the position.

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