“They said it used to be a tradition and I like those kinds of things,” Gillispie said.
Gillispie hopes the reviving of one tradition will lead to the return of another: winning games. The Wildcats (4-3) haven't won in nearly three weeks, and were embarrassed in a 19-point loss at Indiana last Saturday.
Their troubles haven't been limited to gamedays. Freshman point guard Alex Legion's status remains up in the air nearly two weeks after he asked Gillispie for a transfer, only to reconsider. But Gillispie said Thursday he hasn't spoken to Legion recently and is planning to move forward without him.
“We dealt with that last week,” Gillispie said. “You try to do what's best for the individual and more importantly what's best for your team and you hope everyone prospers.”
There hasn't been much prospering so far in Gillispie's first year with the Wildcats.
Though freshman forward Patrick Patterson has been spectacular at times, most of his teammates have struggled to adjust to Gillispie's demanding system. Injuries to guards Derrick Jasper and Jodie Meeks haven't helped.
Jasper, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, had to leave practice early on Thursday though Gillispie said doctors have told him Jasper is “fine.” Still, it's uncertain when Jasper can return. The same goes for Meeks, the team's best shooter who has missed the last five games with a stress fracture in his pelvic area.