Coach Gillispie, beyond basketball

Last weekend even the most diehard UK fan took time away from hoops for some R&R, time with the family, etc. Just what does a guy who obsesses with basketball, like UK coach Billy Gillispie, do for leisure?

Since most of us enjoyed a holiday weekend, I thought it might be interesting to know what new Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie does in his spare time.

"I have a passion for basketball. I like to do just about anything, but I don't get into a whole lot. I like watching the horses run. I love that, but I don't take a lot of time to do that. Basketball is my passion. It is also my job, but it is my passion as well. I spend about 23 hours and 50 minutes every day thinking about my passion. I love that," Gillispie said.

Actually, that was no surprise based on all I have heard and seen from Gillispie. But surely a basketball coach has to find something he can do to get away from basketball every now and then.

"I like to golf. I am not any good at it, but I like to golf," he said. "I don't do any fishing. If I did, I am sure I would enjoy it, though."

Then what about music? Do you have some special tunes that help you relax when need be?

"I love a little bit of everything. I wouldn't say I am any kind of music fan, but I love a little bit of everything that is out there," Gillispie said.

So having peanut butter and a Dr. Pepper for breakfast is the way you relax and take your mind off basketball?

"It is on the way to work and you get something just like anyone else would do," Gillispie said of his unusual breakfast plan. "I am on the way to work just like anyone else who stops at the convenient store and gets a cup of coffee. I get a Dr. Pepper and peanut butter crackers instead of coffee and a doughnut.

"I am not any different from anybody else when it comes to that. It is just driving on way to work, stopping at a store on your right so you don't have to go across traffic, and then get in and out of the store so you can get to the office and get your work done," Gillispie said.

Basketball, basketball, basketball. Then again, for the coach at Kentucky, what more would any fan really want from the coach?


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