Former UK great on Gillispie

Like most UK fans, Larry Stamper was frustrated with what had gone on at UK the previous two years under coach Billy Gillispie.

Former University of Kentucky player Larry Stamper, like most Wildcat fans, is thrilled with what new coach John Calipari has done so far at UK.

And, like most UK fans, he was frustrated with what had gone on at UK the previous two years under coach Billy Gillispie.

"I didn't really have anything against Gillispie as a coach. He did some things different, but a lot of coaches do things different. It was just the enthusiasm wasn't there with the players,"Stamper said. "You could see in the players' faces that they were not very happy with certain things. Lots of times players might not be happy if they are not getting to play, but could tell this was different.

"I think practicing hard on game day took a toll on them. People going to games were not excited, either, and that should never happen at Kentucky. I tried giving tickets away and couldn't find anybody to take them. Previously I would always have people wanting tickets."

What about this year?

"I already have had people wanting tickets for this year, but my son wants those this year," Stamper said. "But I don't think any tickets will go to waste this year."


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