March 3, 2012; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach Billy Gillispie questions a call during the game against the Missouri Tigers at the United Spirit Arena. Missouri defeated Texas Tech 981-59. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Billy Gillispie Out At Texas Tech

Texas Tech head basketball coach Billy Gillispie has resigned, according to a press release from the Red Raiders.

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Seven-hour practices?

Emails obtained by USA Today detail the excessive practice routine by former Texas Tech basketball head coach Billy Gillispie.


Billy Gillispie Out At Texas Tech, School Announces

Billy Gillispie has officially resigned as head coach of the Texas Tech basketball program, as reported on Thursday afternoon by Red Raider Sports on Twitter. According to the team's official press release, associate head coach Chris Walker will take over the team until an interim head coach is found.

Gillispie had been accused of various forms of player mistreatment prior to the 2012 season, including installing overly long practices and playing injured players before they were fully healed. He was sent to the hospital because of high blood pressure and chest pains in early September and was recently getting treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

The Red Raiders hired Gillispie as their head coach in March 2011 following a solid coaching career at UTEP and Texas A&M. In his first and only season as Red Raiders coach, Gillispie's team went 8-23 and saw six players transfer out of the program at the end of the season.

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Texas Tech Coach Billy Gillispie Hospitalized

Just hours after a story on detailed a potential player mutiny that could threaten the stability of his job, Texas Tech basketball coach Billy Gillispie was admitted to a hospital in Lubbock.

In an online report, The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal cited a spokesman at University Medical Center who confirmed that Gillispie was in satisfactory condition and underwent an ultrasound procedure around noon. No further details were provided as to the reason behind Gillispie’s trip to the hospital.

The ESPN report from earlier on Friday detailed a recent conversation between Red Raider players, athletic director Koby Hocutt and associate athletics director Blayne Beal. Beal also issued a statement confirming that the meeting had taken place.

“We are aware and are looking into concerns within the leadership of our men’s basketball program. Student-athlete well-being is our top priority and a matter that we take extremely seriously at Texas Tech. Texas Tech is devoting its full resources to look into this matter.’’

Many of the issues raised by the players were similar to complaints heard at the University of Kentucky, where Gillispie coached for two seasons:

The player said that Gillispie is a "good coach, teacher and mentor, but he’s not the most personable person, not the coach you can go and talk to. He breaks you down. But he doesn’t build you back up. It’s hard to play for him when that happens every day. You feel like you’re getting torn down and you can’t get back up.’’

Texas Tech posted an 8-23 record in Gillispie’s first season at the school, and won just one game in Big 12 play. Since the season ended, six players have transferred.

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