John Clay has a post on Sidelines today once again raising the specter of Oklahoma State, a wholly owned subsidiary of B.P. Capital Management, making a move on Coach Gillispie. Apparently, the source for this new brush fire is this article from a blog run by the Austin American-Statesman. Quoth Randy Riggs, the author:
Kentucky-based speculation has it that Gillispie met recently with OSU folks in Nashville, Tenn. A Big 12 person with his ear firmly connected to the coaching grapevine confirmed the Cowboys' interest in Gillispie and added that Kansas coach Bill Self recommended Gillispie to OSU athletic director Mike Holder after Self said he wasn't interested in returning to his alma mater. Gillispie was an assistant on Self's staffs at Tulsa and Illinois.
Anyway, perhaps that is the level of coaching most likely to accept a job offer from OSU, and if so, Stallings and Gillispie would both seem to be worthy of consideration, along with Dixon and Jay Wright. I don't think Wright is a target primarily because he seems to be very happy where he is, kind of like Donovan and Self. I have suggested that Tim Floyd might be a good place for the Cowboys to go, and I still think that is something they should consider -- I do believe he can be lured away, and his time in the pros and recruiting around the California area would be really valuable to a program like the Cowboys.
The Dallas Morning News had this to say over the weekend about Gillispie and OSU:
So what do I think? I believe that there may a price that would pry Gillispie lose from Kentucky, I just don't believe that Pickens is willing to go that high on a coach who has yet to prove himself at the big-time basketball level. They can have similarly qualified candidates, in my opinion, for less money.
As I said previously, this sort of thing will be ongoing until OSU actually settles on a coach. That's just the reality of the situation. We are not done yet, so stay tuned for updates as they become available.