That's a question former UK player Bobby Perry was asked to answer. Remember that Perry was recruited by Smith — and even played golf with him on his recruiting trip — and appreciated the way his coach stuck with him for four years.
Remember also that Smith has had no contact with Perry since he left Kentucky for Minnesota. So was the change good?
"I do think it was good. I think this time not only will guys buy into the program, but also they'll buy into Billy Gillispie and the guys he brought with him to coach. I don't know how one human being withstood the pressure coach Smith did for as long as he did. It's probably good for him, too, to go to Minnesota and have a new challenge to get him going," Perry said.
Fans have speculated since Gillispie's arrival about what players will benefit the most from his system. Will it be Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford because they'll have more freedom in Gillispie's system? Will Derrick Jasper enjoy having more freedom to shoot and run the court? Will Perry Stevenson get more playing time? Perry has an interesting theory on which player will like Gillispie's style the most?
"It is still going to be team ball. That's how it was with coach Smith. The thing is, you have to work together to win. I don't think you can see the new system will be better for one player or another. Hopefully, every player benefits from the change and the program gets better like everyone wants."