Anyone who's read my posts here knows that I have been in favor of seeing Gillispie go his way. Most of you, perhaps, have read "Breakfast at Epiphany's" in which I admit to the realization that Gillispie may simply be that rare great champion who don't give a hoot what others think. So there is movement in my thinking.
Could it be that there is movement in Barnhart's thinking? Tru's piece on the "Roaring Silence" is very well thought out. One of the two things that stick in my mind as significant in this entire fiasco is Tru's point that Barnhart could easily put all speculation to a halt. Like all ADs in big athletic programs, Barnhart must play politics, the first rule of which is that you keep your options open. The very fact that Barnhart has this job is evidence, in my mind anyway, that he has more than basic political skills. After all, how else does a latte slurpin' west coaster from left wing Oregon land a job in conservative Kentucky at, of all places, the Athletic Department of beloved UK? It's enough to convince me that Mitch has competence in this area of the job. So I tend to believe that Mitch is simply playing the smart card by keeping mum, and keeping his mind open until we see how far Billy takes our beloved Cats in the NIT. An NIT title would surely soften the UK fan base's mein, and would make Mitch's job much less stressful. So there is more than mere movement in Barnhart's thinking on this. I would venture to say that Mitch is not only keeping his own mind open, he is trying to change Billy's on a very key point, namely, politics.
This brings me to the second thing that has stuck in my mind throughout the Billy saga -- the brown suit at Memorial Coliseum. Could it be evidence of movement in Billy's thinking? Let's remember that Billy is the one on record as not caring about history. So whether or not there was any "throwback" motif involved, the fact that Billy had enough respect for the fans' view of history to wear it signals movement toward embracing UK tradition, or at least a minor acknowledgement of its importance to Kentucky. Hey fans, it's better than what we've gotten from the man thus far. I have to say I like it. In my mind, it's a "high sign" easily missed amid the roaring silence. I will be watching for others.