Former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie has announced that he is retiring from coaching due to health concerns.
Gillispie told the Dallas Morning News of his decision:
"No one's ever enjoyed coaching more than I have, I promise, and no one's ever been luckier in the coaching profession than I have," Gillispie said. "What a wonderful career!
"I've been very sick with blood pressure issues since the summer, but I've tried to fight it out. I got a report Monday that told me if I didn't address this blood pressure situation immediately, irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen here relatively soon and my long-term health could be compromised.
"Timing isn't great, but I've decided to do what I was told and try to return to healthy ASAP.
"I've had a wonderful career and in the last two years some of the best days I've ever experienced as a coach. I hate leaving this team because they are really coming around, but they understood me being sick. That's the worst part of it, not coaching."
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