Did Billy Gillispie Scare Ponzi Schemer to Suicide?

There’s some serious shit going down in Houston right now.

Salinas may not have been "tough enough" for Billy G.

David Salinas, the founder of a Houston area basketball program (read recruit farm) and head of an investment firm (read Ponzi scheme), was found dead of an apparent suicide over the weekend.

Why should you care? Well, it turns out his client list may have included a lot of current college basketball coaches, including Baylor’s Scott Drew and Texas Tech’s Billy Gillispie.

The connection to Gillispie got even more interesting yesterday, when KSR’s Matt Jones tweeted that a Houston area radio host claimed that an angry Gillispie may have been one of the last people Salinas saw before ending his life.

The question now becomes… Did the man who forced Josh Harrelson into a bathroom stall, told Jodie Meeks to stop shooting on his 54 point night, and tried to eat Jeanine Edwards on live TV berate a man into suicide? The quick answer should be no, but you can’t help but wonder what, if any, connection the Gillispie visit had to Salinas’ death.

As more information is revealed about the situation, it will be interesting to see how deep the rabbit hole goes and, more importantly, how many more big name college basketball coaches will get thrown into the mix.

Source: Billy Gillispie newest member at MiddleSchoolElite.com

Billy Gillispie, the former Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach and current Texas Tech Red Raiders coach, jump-started future recruiting for his current program by subscribing to MiddleSchoolElite.com, a website dedicated to ranking basketball players in the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades.

BCG, as supporters affectionately call the coach, made national headlines while coaching in Lexington by securing the commitment of Thousand Oaks, California eighth grader Michael Avery. Now stationed in Lubbock, Texas, Gillispie decided to make early relationships with potential future high school stars.

Red Raiders' Coach Gillispie

A source close to the coach said Gillispie knows he doesn’t have the Kentucky brand behind him anymore and he wants to build early relationships that will pay off in five or six years, when the kids become juniors in high school.

The source continued by stating: “Billy just wants what’s best for the kids. It’s nothin’ serious right now, just a friendly hello letter of interest with a little bit about the school and Billy himself. Just starting early, that’s all.”

Gillispie’s recruitment of Avery while at Kentucky received national scrutiny, although it was not a violation of NCAA rules.

The NCAA has since limited contact between coaches and recruits who are not yet juniors in high school. However, the source insists, BCG is within the confines of the rules.

“We like to call it the gray area,” said the source who chose to remain anonymous. “You oughta’ see Billy’s face though. It just lights up when he finds a 6’5″ seventh grader. He takes a sip of his bourbon, and then starts pecking away at an e-mail or letter.”

“It’s kinda scary how excited he gets at times. He just gets this look in his eye, and you know he wants the kid. But it’s a good kinda look. It’s not a Michael Jackson kinda look.”

MiddleSchoolElite.com ranks the young classes (2016-2018 currently) on various criteria including their accomplishments, team success, individual talent, and long range potential. The site combines these factors into a secret “formula.”

“You know,” our source continued, “it’s just something new. If we can figure out which fifth grader in the country will be the best in seven years, we’re way ahead of the curve. We’ll already have a relationship with the family, we’ll be trusted. Trust is the key to recruiting. Earn the trust of the player, the family, the AAU coach, and the runner, then you get the kid. Seven years is a long time to build up trust.”

A quick survey of other major college coaches revealed some interest in the site, but BCG remains a lone wolf in the next universe of recruiting for now.

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