Billy Gillispie did not say he wasn’t interested in the job.
He didn’t say he was interested, either.
The embattled former head coach at Kentucky has been rumored to be a candidate for the opening coaching position at Wyoming, but said in an e-mail this week that he doesn’t comment in these types of situations.
“I never comment on my interest in any potential position whether real or perceived,” Gillispie said in an email to the Star-Tribune. “I would like to return to coaching at some point but only when i have what i believe is a chance to go to the final four!!! That is my goal.”
A source familiar with Gillispie’s contact information confirmed that the email had been sent from the personal account the former coach uses.
UW fired head coach Heath Schroyer on Feb. 7 with seven regular season games remaining in his fourth season.
The university has hired a search firm to fill the position but a new coach is not expected to be named until after the conclusion of the season.
UW has declined to comment on candidates during their search, but Gillispie, who has been out of coaching since a somewhat bizarre dismissal at Kentucky in March 2009, is an intriguing option.
He spent two seasons at the basketball power before his ouster but never officially signed a formal contract. He sued the university upon his dismissal and the suit was settled out of court with Gillispie receiving just under $3 million.
Gillispie was charged with DUI in August of 2009 and has reportedly undergone rehabilitation.
He was also previously a rising star as a head coach at UTEP and Texas A&M and is looking to get back into coaching in the right situation.
“It seems from afar that the [U]niversity of [W]yoming is a great place to coach basketball because of the tremendous passion of its vast fan base and the tradition that great players and coaches have achieved,” Gillispie said in the email. “[I’m] sure there will be a lot of great coaches who would appreciate the chance to rebuild that tradition at the university.”