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Billy Gillispie

Billy Gillispie

Ex-Bill Self assistant | Former Kentucky head coach

Being on the men's basketball staff at Illinois comes with certain perks, former Bill Self assistant Billy Gillispie learned while house shopping upon moving to C-U in 2000.

The future Kentucky head coach wound up with the perfect place — "on the 15th hole at Lincolnshire Fields Country Club," he remembers — after coming to an arrangement with the previous owners.

"I was having a hard time finding a home to buy and the people selling this particular house weren´t entertaining anyone´s offer," he says. "So I wrote a contract and included four tickets to Fighting Illini home games.

“Suddenly, they got excited about selling.”