Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Gillispie to ArkansasThe past week has been quite a rollercoaster for fans of Texas A&M basketball.

First came the rumors on Monday that Billy Gillispie was headed to Arkansas:

After the announcement about Heath, reported that Gillispie was likely to be the next Arkansas coach. The same source said Gillispie had agreed in principle to a contract, and he could be introduced as early as Tuesday.

This left Aggie fans wondering if there was any truth to the rumors, and Why would he go to Arkansas? It didn’t help that Gillispie wouldn’t comment about the situation, and that the A&M athletic department has a policy of not commenting on personnel matters.

Well, everything seemed to have been smoothed on Thursday when it was announced that Gillispie had agreed to a new contract, saying:

While it’s embarrassing to me to be compensated so well to perform my passion for a school I love, I am sincerely appreciative of the efforts of Bill Byrne, our university administration, the board of regents and everyone associated with Texas A&M for their personal support they continue to show. We will continue to do our best to try and make the Texas A&M family proud.

Then, there was this gem by Brent Zwerneman in the Friday San Antonio Express-News:

According to sources close to the situation, Gillispie late in the day balked at verbally agreeing to a new contract placed before the A&M board of regents for approval on Thursday.

The article mentions that Gillispie isn’t interested in the job at Arkansas, but could be interested if Kentucky came calling. Of course this hasn’t been confirmed anywhere else, and according to a fellow freelancer who has some connections, Mr. Zwerneman must have been “smoking crack” when he wrote the article.

I hope he is indeed on crack. I’d like to see Gillispie stay both because he is a great coach, and because I just put down my deposit for season tickets next year. There were rumors that the A&M Athletic Director, Bill Byrne, is actually flying to Atlanta with contract in hand in order to get it signed and end this whole ordeal. I suppose I won’t believe it’s over until the contract is actually signed.

Edit:  For those of you interested in the contract, you can find a copy here.

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