ESPNer Turned Down Gillispie’s Amorous Advance

ESPN college basketball reporter Jeannine Edwards and Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach Billy Gillispie have been seeing quite a bit of each other in public of late.

Jeannine Edwards Spurned Billy Gillispie's Amorous Advances

Edwards has twice interviewed Gillispie during UK games this season and both times the coach responded with rude retorts, implying that Edwards was asking dumb questions while calling her credibility into question. Below are both exchanges.

Gillispie v. Edwards Part One:


Gillispie v. Edwards Part Deux:


Edwards’ queries in both instances didn’t seem all that ill-informed to me at the time, so it was a little curious to see Gillispie snap back at her in that fashion, especially on national television.

That is, until I heard more about Gillispie’s private dealings with Edwards.

A source recently told me that Gillispie made a past, amorous advance at Edwards which was subsequently denied by the ESPN reporter. I have no more details than that. But again, I have confirmed that Gillispie did make clear to Edwards that he was interested in spending some quality time with her away from the court. And she shut him down.

Question #1: Is Gillispie married?

A: No, divorced.

Question #2: Is Gillispie’s smug behavior towards Edwards during the interviews related to being spurned by her?

A: I dunno, go back and watch the interviews and let me know.

Question #3: What do you think of Edwards’ questions now?

A: That’s a really dumb question. *smirk*

Question #4: Who is working the sidelines for the Kentucky-Vanderbilt ESPN broadcast tomorrow night?

A: Postgame jalepeno poppers at Applebees Jeannine? Billy? Anyone?

UPDATE: Turns out Edwards is married to a former jockey. I’m not even going to touch that. No idea if Gillispie knew this before he made known his intentions.

Edwards did talk to the LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER about her first confrontation with Gillispie three weeks ago and said that it was a “total non-issue.” Gillispie also apparently called her and apologized.

Funny though, he did the same thing to her a week later! Bizarre.

I’m wondering if Vandy fans will respond to all this at the game tomorrow night. Cheers, signs, etc. Safe to say if this news came out the day before Kentucky played Tennessee, Vols fans would be all over Gillispie.

I’ve also put in a call to ESPN about tomorrow night, in case Edwards is taken off the game. I highly doubt it, nor do I expect the her nor Gillispie to acknowledge the news in any way publicly. But if Vandy fans go wild with the news tomorrow in public displays during the game, you would think the media would have to ask Gillispie and/or Edwards about it afterwards. No?