COLLEGE STATION -- Texas A&M Director of Athletics Bill Byrne was contacted by University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart at 7 p.m. Thursday requesting permission to speak to Aggie basketball head coach Billy Gillispie about the head coaching position with the Wildcats.
“Coach Gillispie is one of the top coaches in the country and we certainly do not want to lose him,” Byrne stated. “At the same time, I do not want to stand in the way of any member of my department who wants to explore another option if he or she feels that is in their best interest.”
Gillispie inherited an Aggie basketball program that finished 0-16 in Big 12 regular-season play in 2003-04 and led the Aggies to the NIT in his first season and posted back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the school’s history. Texas A&M set a school record for wins in a season with a 27-7 record in 2006-07. The Aggies posted a 13-3 record in Big 12 play to finish in second place, one game back of Big 12 champion Kansas.