What can I say that hasn't been said? I mean, there are only so many words and combinations thereof that haven't been clichéd by overuse lately when talking about Coach Gillispie's recruiting success this summer.
Still, the recent rush to pen articles professing profound amazement at Gillispie's success is noteworthy, and we here at A Sea of Blue have ... well, taken note. Today, John Clay has a run-down of many of the latest stories, mostly the MSM, about "Billy G's recruiting hysteria." The UK blogs are predictably as giddy as schoolchildren with a long-coveted toy. Wildcats Thunder calls it "G forces" in a recent post:
Over at The Wildcat Blog, they are just trying to catch their breath:
But that's not all. Gillispie's success has bedazzled not only Kentucky fans, but many in the sports media who a few short months ago were blasting UK for various and sundry sins, including running off Smith via a combination of psychotic fans and racial bias, underperforming at every turn and becoming the newest also-ran in Billy Donovan and Bruce Pearl's sandbox of the SEC.
But those erstwhile UK critics and doomcriers are suddenly agog over Billy Gillispie's prowess, sending Gary Parrish into a paroxysm of effusive praise:
Answer: Because Billy Gillispie doesn't work for the armed services!
And Parrish isn't alone. The Elizabethtown News-Enterprise jumps on the bandwagon, as does UK reporter extraordinaire Larry Vaught:
Does anybody but me see a method to this madness here? I mean, to me it's as clear as a bell -- Gillispie intends to recruit every single top high school player in the nation before anyone else has a chance to.
Notice I didn't say "sign", I said "recruit". His amazing "everywhere, all the time" presence has clearly unnerved many among college basketball's elite, and his recent success with highly regarded players is frustrating the heck out of programs that have pretty much owned Kentucky lately, recruiting-wise. With UK's name on every blue-chipper's lips, even the "old money" basketball programs that are UK's peers are starting to become concerned. Witnesseth Rock Chalk Talk:
Predictably, though, not everyone is on board the Billy G. thrill ride -- Scout.com's Randy Moore
of BamaMag Inside Tennessee says all this Gillispie-love is irrational:
I'll leave it to my readers to debunk the obvious logical fallacies in Mr. Moore's commentary, but he does make a very good point -- Tennessee has much to be happy about basketball-wise this summer. But even so, Pearl isn't lining up top-ranked basketball talent years in advance. Gillispie is, and that is something new at Kentucky.
Still, with Donovan laying low after his disastrous annulment with Orlando, and Gillispie on a major recruiting offensive, Kentucky is all the rage again, and in a good way, for the first time in quite a while. Wildcat fans are reveling in the exposure and embracing everything Gillispie at the moment.
Kentucky is winning in July, something we haven't seen since ... when? And by doing so, we are putting the rest of the nation on notice. Just like the "TV people" in Poltergeist: