VAUGHT: Daniel Orton's Dad on Gillispie

A major reason Oklahoma center Daniel Orton wanted to play for Kentucky was coach Billy Gillispie. Now that rumors are flying about Gillispie possibly not being back as UK's coach next year, Orton's father, Larry, wonders what is going on.

"Everything is going to work out. Or at least I hope it does," Larry Orton said Monday. "I don't think there is a problem (with Gillispie). I am hoping there is not any way because Daniel wants to play for him at Kentucky."

Larry Orton tried to call UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart last week to have the situation explained. He tried again Monday after Barnhart did not return his call and was told that Barnhart was with the team in Omaha, Neb., for UK's National Invitation Tournament game.

"The AD (athletics director) needs to come out and say we are moving forward with Billy Gillispie as our coach," Larry Orton said.

Orton says he understands that Barnhart is busy and is not trying to read anything into not having his call returned.

"I don't like to start second guessing people. I know his job is a real busy job. I don't like to really rush somebody with their season not over. I will get to talk to him soon enough," Orton said.

What does he want Barnhart to tell him?

"I want him to say Billy is my guy. He has only been there two years. He doesn't have the Kentucky talent you need. He has it coming. He is still playing with Tubby's players. He has three new guys that are still learning his system. With the talent he has coming, they are going to be good. He just needs time to build his program," Orton said.

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