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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Report: Billy Gillispie could return to Division I coaching with Tarleton State

Billy Gillispie hasn’t coached Division I basketball since 2012, but that could be changing.

According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, the former coach of Texas A&M and Kentucky is reportedly a candidate to take over as basketball coach at Tarleton State. The Texas-based school will begin playing in the Western Athletic Conference in 2020-21.

Tarleton State won’t be eligible for postseason play until 2024-25, but seeing Gillispie’s name back in the news is interesting. At one point, he was one of the hottest coaches in the country. Then came a failed stint at Kentucky, followed by a Texas Tech tenure marred by allegations of player abuse. Since then, he’s found success coaching Ranger College, a junior college. Now he may be tapped to help a school transition into Division I play.

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