BIRMINGHAM -- Billy Gillispie already liked Montgomery Gentry's music before he became the basketball coach at Kentucky.
But he likes it even more now because he's become friends with Perryville's Eddie Montgomery.
The Kentucky coach still recalls heading to a coaching clinic in Las Vegas on May 12, 2007, shortly after he became the new UK coach.
"I was getting on a plane and walking back to my seat. There in first class was Eddie wearing his Kentucky basketball shirt," Gillispie said here Thursday during the Southeastern Conference Media Days. "I didn't know him, but he introduced himself. I ended up sitting by one of his band guys and talked to him all the way out there."
That started a friendship that developed into phone calls and text messages. When Montgomery Gentry had a concert in Cincinnati this fall, Gillispie was on the guest list.