of this classless choad.... By Jerry Tipton JTIPTON@HERALD-LEADER.COM
Charles Bertram | Staff
After making the team as a walk-on in September, Dusty Mills waited for an opportune moment to introduce himself to Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie. The time seemed right two days into his short-lived UK career.
Mills approached Gillispie, who sat at the scorer's table in the Joe Craft Center gym as the other players headed for the locker room.
"Hi, Coach Gillispie," Mills remembered saying. "I know I never introduced myself. My name is Dusty ..."
Gillispie cut off the freshman.
"I know your name," the UK coach said. "Your name is Ollie."
His new teammates had nicknamed Mills for the player/team manager in the movie Hoosiers
"If I need to know anything else, I'll look you up in the phone book," Gillispie added. "Have a nice day."
End of conversation.
Mills walked away disappointed.
This week, Mills became the third player to leave Gillispie's first Kentucky team. He cited the new coach's style as why he stopped his teammates from seeking his reinstatement. Alex Legion gave the same reason to explain why he left. The departures call into question Gillispie's demanding style, which he says benefits individual players and the team in the long term.