UK Men's Basketball

Report: Billy Gillispie might have to forfeit every game from last season

While coaching at Texas Tech, Billy Gillispie reacted to a turnover by his team during a game in January 2012.
While coaching at Texas Tech, Billy Gillispie reacted to a turnover by his team during a game in January 2012. AP

Former University of Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie is in hot water with the National Junior College Athletic Association, and his team might have to forfeit every one of its games from last season.

Gillispie, who coached UK from 2007-2009, is now the coach at Ranger (Texas) College.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that the NJCAA ruled that Gillispie used an ineligible player this past season. Ranger College president Bill Campion told the paper that the school has appealed the decision. If the ruling holds up, Ranger would probably have to forfeit every game in which the ineligible athlete played.

Sources told the Dallas Morning News that the ineligible player is Joshua Simmons, a 6-foot-6 freshman who played in every game for the Rangers and averaged 11.4 points and nine rebounds.

Ranger finished 31-7 in its first season under Gillispie and finished fourth in the NJCAA national tournament. Gillispie had been out of college the previous three seasons after resigning at Texas Tech.

Gillispie, who replaced Tubby Smith at Kentucky, led the Wildcats to an 18-13 record in 2007-08 and went 22-14 in 2008-09. He was fired after the season and replaced by John Calipari.

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